History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Our work in History and Philosophy of Science focuses on various themes and topics in 20th and 21st century life sciences. We are mainly interested in understanding past and present conceptual and epistemological transformations. We are investigating a number of case studies as well as mapping the long term trends in the the history of biology. In both kinds of projects we are applying computational and big data approaches (see Computational HPS). A central goal of our work is direct engagement with the sciences and scientists, both within the lab and across our network of collaborators.
This work has been supported by the following grants from the National Science Foundation: 0623176, 0645729 (CAREER), 0957085, 1127611 and 1243575 (INSPIRE).
Projects in History and Philosophy of Science include:
Understanding Transformation and Innovation in Knowledge Systems through Big Data and Computational Methods
Evolutionary Approaches and Models Applied to the Dynamics of Knowledge Systems
Conceptual Foundations of 21st Century Biology
Graduate dissertations & theses in progress