3.3.1 History of Science History

Clark Dry Lake. Photo Credit: David Kingham, 2015.

Science isn’t a “triumphant march”—it’s sloppy, messy, and full of stops and starts. Meet the people who tell that story (Science Friday, 2017).


Science Friday produces accessible science resources for the public. In this article, we learn what historians of science do, and how they help us better understand not just the past, but the moment we live in now.


Read: The History Of Science History // Science Friday

Guiding Questions:

  • How does the history of science help scientists understand how their field advances?
  • List two unusual partnerships that led to new discoveries.
  • How can the history of science help the public understand scientific findings? How did historian Naomi Oreskes help change the conversation about climate change?


Photo: “Clark Dry Lake.” Photo Credit: David Kingham, 2015. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.