• The 2022 Isis Current Bibliography

    A PDF of the 2022 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains nearly 4100 classified entries and 900 reviewed books. Once […]

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  • IsisCB Explore gets a major upgrade!

    IsisCB Explore has a new updated interface with a sleeker design and a suite of new functions … and we have finally removed the beta from our logo! With the […]

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  • 2021 Isis Current Bibliography

    A PDF of the 2021 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains over 4300 classified entries, and over 1500 reviewed books. […]

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  • Pandemics in South East Asia

    The first bibliographical essay in our Pandemics series has arrived: Vivek Neelakantan’s very interesting “History of Pandemics in Southeast Asia: A Return of National Anxieties? “ and his bibliography. The […]

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  • Race and Science Word Cloud

    Today I was able to complete a small visualization that I’ve been working on in conjunction with the Race and the History of Science project announced in my June 9 […]

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Taking the CB away from Humans and Giving It to Computers

By Sylwester Ratowt What makes today’s internet so different from the original web of the 90s is that, rather than writing webpages by hand, developers often write applications that create the webpages automatically based on data found at other internet locations. Consider the Digital Public Library of America, for example, which features browse by place and browse by date interfaces. […]

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Visualizing History of Science

The other day, I was looking through the book Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know (MIT Press, 2010) by Katy Börner, a fascinating big-data look at science for historians. It gave me the idea of playing around with visualizations of my own using the Isis Bibliography data. What I’ve produced here are quite unsophisticated by comparison, but they raise […]

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Ordering the Discipline

This past week the journal Isis published a symposium that I organized entitled “Ordering the Discipline: Classification in the History of Science.” The five articles in this symposium are all part of the Focus Section, which you can access through the Isis table of contents. By a standing agreement with the History of Science Society, the University of Chicago Press […]

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