Monday, February 6, 2012

Just published "ISIS Current Bibliography of the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences, 2011"

ISIS Current Bibliography of the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences, 2011

Source: Isis, Vol. 102, No. S1, 2011 Current Bibliography (December 2011), pp. i-327

Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of The History of Science Society

The Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science was begun in 1913 by the historian of science George Sarton as part of his new journal Isis. It seeks to provide, each year, a comprehensive survey of the most recent work done in the history of science and allied fields. It covers all time periods and all disciplines and strives to be truly international in scope. Below, readers will find information on the use and structure of the bibliography as well as directions for access to the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine database, which includes this bibliography, and to other bibliographic sources in the history of science and related fields.
As with all such projects, there are limitations, and certain fields of study are not fully covered. In addition, the many journals that are peripheral to our field cannot be surveyed each year. There is sometimes a longer lag time for works published in those forums as well as for works published by presses outside of North America because access is often more difficult. Individual contributions are always welcome.

New in 2011
Once again the bibliography has expanded. Like last year, the volume contains over 4100 classified entries and over 1000 reviews. What makes this volume physically much larger, however, are the contents lists that accompany the edited book entries. There are 2000 chapters included in this volume and almost half of them are classified.
The bibliography also has greater diversity this year. At the end of last year, I made an appeal to the membership of the History of Science Society to send me citations. I received so great a response that my assistants and I have not been able to enter all of them yet. Frequently, one citation led to several others when we would discover a book or a journal that had articles besides the one we went to get.
I wish to thank all of those contributors, and I apologize to you if your entries didn't make it into this year's bibliography. Rest assured that they will appear next year. Let me make a further appeal for contributions. If you know of works that should be included, don't hesitate to contact me.
A new and growing bibliography that I have helped build this past year is the World History of Science Online website, This past summer, I worked with two graduate students to develop a classification structure for internet resources. My assistants found, described, and classified over 300 items. During the next few years, this site will grow as a bibliography for scholarly online resources in history of science. This site is supported by the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS/DHST).

Stephen P. Weldon, Editor

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