The Program in History of Science at Princeton University trains students to analyze the development of science, medicine, and technology in historical and cultural context. We are a community of scholars including a dozen or so core and affiliated faculty members and about twenty graduate students, in addition to undergraduate concentrators and visiting fellows.
History of Science at Princeton remains rooted in our tradition of analyzing the technical and conceptual dimensions of scientific knowledge, whether it is physics or psychoanalysis. At the same time, students are encouraged to consider scientific ideas and practices in the widest possible context. The research interests of the active faculty range from early-modern mechanics and natural history to the impact of twentieth-century biomedicine and computing, from Leiden to Beijing, Berkeley to Cape Town; through this diversity runs a strong thread of consensus that the best current history of science demands an expansive, integrated approach, one that never loses sight of the global dynamics of science and technology.