History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (HPSTM)

History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (affectionately known as HiP-STeM) uses the tools and methods of the humanities (especially history and philosophy) to study the sciences understood as human endeavors. This includes historical evolution and context; conceptual foundations and puzzles; theories, methods, and claims to knowledge; institutions, material practices, and social structures, past and present.

Duke HPSTM incorporates science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics. We promote universal ownership of the sciences as shared cultural inheritance through encouragement and support of HPSTM in research and in teaching across the academy.

On this website you can find information about events, people and units across campus that connect or relate to HPSTM.

Please send information about additional events to katherine.brading@duke.edu.


Past Event

2021 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics 

"Measurement practices in the physical sciences: correlation, calibration and stabilization"

Submissions are invited on the above topic for this year’s prize. The winner will receive $1000, an invitation to participate in a workshop to be held at Duke University (provisionally scheduled for April 2022), and an invitation to have their paper considered for publication in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. The prize is open to graduate students, and to scholars within 5 years of PhD as of the submission deadline. Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words.

The deadline for submissions is August 10th, 2021 (midnight GMT). For more details of the prize and of submission requirements, see below.

The members of this year’s prize committee are: Alisa Bokulich (Boston University), Katherine Brading (Duke University), Hasok Chang (Cambridge University), Daniel Mitchell (Science History Institute), and Wendy Parker (Virginia Tech).

The Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics is supported by Duke University in collaboration with Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

For more information, or to submit your paper, contact Katherine Brading (katherine.brading@duke.edu).