History of Science

Lunn Lecture: Did Science Really Launch the Modern Era?

April 05, 2018
Lorraine Daston, executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and professor in the Committee of Social Thought at the University of Chicago, will give this year’s Lunn Lecture, “The Strange Modernity of Science,” on Thursday, April 12.

Sheffrin Lecture 2011: Peter Galison

Peter Galison, the Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University, delivered the 2011 Sheffrin Lecture, "Secrecy: Espionage Act to Wikileaks."


Tracing the political history of secrecy from the Espionage Act to Wikileaks, Galison discussed the governing principles of what information had to be hidden. His analysis suggests what dangers did each period identify among things that should be secret, what were the properties and assumed power of these secrets, and what kind of thing could, in the end, properly be declared secret.