An anniversary is a good time to pause and take stock. The British Journal for the History of Science has been publishing papers for fifty years, and its proud parent, the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), the national learned society for the specialty, has been leading reflections as well as celebrations.

The Society asked editors of the journal’s recent past to delve into the archives and pick their favourite BJHS papers, and tell us what they meant to them. You can see what Professor Simon Schaffer (Cambridge University, editor of the BJHS from 2004 to 2009) and Professor Janet Browne (Harvard University, editor of the BJHS in the second half the 1990s) chose here:

You can also download the editors’ favourites BJHS papers for free via Cambridge Journals’ BJHS website:

There’s some great reads there, from David Bloor’s extraordinary sociological reading of mathematics to Hugh Torrens’ lively essay on Mary Anning.


Dr Jon Agar

Editor, BJHS, 2009 –

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