Science and technology have a living history. Historians of science effect change in scientific methodology, spread awareness of technological problems and possibilities, and influence the way that science is legislated. Our faculty members, alumni and current students are doing vital research in the history and philosophy of science over a wide variety of topics.

Spring 2023 edition of student journal Mycelium

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Recent Lectures

Isaac Newton and the Jerusalem Temple: Science, Religion, and Prophecy

Dr. Stephen D. Snobelen, July 24, 2020.

Isaac Newton’s research into the architecture and ritual of the Jerusalem Temple linked his study of the cosmos with his fervent religious faith. His extensive writings on the Temple and sketches of its floor plan survive in archives around the world and at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. This illustrated lecture by Dr. Stephen D. Snobelen, the Director of the Newton Project Canada at the University of King’s College, draws on these sources to recreate Newton’s decades-long quest to understand the secrets of the Temple.

Accounting for Loss in Fish ‘Stocks’: a Word on Life as Biological Asset

Dr. Jennifer Telesca, March 9, 2018.

Dr. Jennifer Telesca, Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) spoke at King’s, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ian Stewart. The event was sponsored by SSHORE, with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, with further support from the History of Science and Technology Program, Ecology Action Center, and the Dalhousie-based research group, Environmental Information: Use and Influence (Dalhousie Faculty of Management).

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History of Science and Technology Society

‘HOSTSOC’ is the student society of the History of Science and Technology program at the University of King’s College. Students promote interest in the History of Science with events, and Tooth and Claw, an academic journal of their work.

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Student Perspectives

Laura Little

Laura Little, BSc(Hons)’13, is a reference intern at the Killam Memorial Library and Teaching Assistant – Professional Communication Dalhousie MGMT. She’s a 2019 Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) candidate at Dalhousie University. Read her thoughts on HOST.

Matthew Green

Matthew Green, BA(Hons)’17 is pursuing a MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. His research covers subjects as diverse as climate change denial and the use of teaching models in early twentieth-century genetics. He also works as a Collections Assistant at the Whipple Museum for the History of Science at the University of Cambridge. Read his thoughts on HOST.

Benjamin Langer

Benjamin Langer, BA(Hons)’09, completed medical school at Western University in London, ON, and Family Medicine Residency at the University of Toronto. He currently practises comprehensive family medicine in Sioux Lookout, ON, including emergency medicine, inpatient medicine, and obstetrics. He travels monthly to Sachigo Lake First Nation, where he is the community family doctor. Read his thoughts on HOST.


HOSTSoc Summer Reading Group

Because the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact with the world around us, we as students have had to adjust to the obstacles of distanced learning. However, this did not mean that the way we engage with academia over the Summer had to be less than optimal. The HOST Society developed a Zoom Summer reading group in the late Spring, under the leadership of student Megan Krempa.

Dr. Gordon McOuat’s “Hasty Indian Pudding

The group’s readings began with an enticing reading from Ian Hacking’s The Emergence of Probability, a philosophical study about early statistics and ideas concerning probability. The group moved on to a timely discussion lead by EMSP professor, Dr. Simon Kow, focusing on Daniel Defoe’s “A Journal of the Plague Year”, Gentile da Foligno’s “Short Casebook”, Alfonso de Cordoba’s “Letter and Regimen Concerning the Pestilence”, and Ibn Khatima’s “Remedy for Escaping the Plague”.

Dr. Kathryn Morris’ Spongecake

In the first week of July, the reading group welcomed Dr. Lyn Bennett from the department of English at Dalhousie, in a discussion entitled: “Early Modern Atlantic recipes: medical remedies, food and culture.” Participants in the group were encouraged to create the recipes from UNB’S Early Modern recipe database, for a midsummer cook-off. Although the pandemic has limited the ways in which we learn, it has also provided an opportunity for intimate and creative methods of discovery, such as this. If you are interested in joining the reading group, please feel free to email Megan Krempa at

HOST Alumni Profiles

"Imagination is hugely important to science."

Coren Pulleyblank
Coren Pulleyblank

PhD Candidate School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, 2009

"I don't think I've ever been somewhere where you can go to the bar and talk Euclid geometry."

Amy Teitel
Amy Teitel

Blogger, Vintage Space, 2008

"When you crack something…there’s a lot of adrenaline."

Calum Agnew
Calum Agnew

Doctor of Law (JD), University of Toronto, 2013

"I want to be able to have conversations with the public and have that responsibility to make myself understood."

Haritha Popuri
Haritha Popuri

Master's in Theatre and Performance Studies, York University, 2014

"Science is a human activity, done by human beings, who are very complicated and who inhabit networks of power, technology, and politics that make their way into the content of their scientific work."

Stephanie Dick
Stephanie Dick

Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 2007

"You see one perspective, one reality, and you say ‘Yes’. Then you go to another one and you say ‘Yes, and…Yes, and..’ Documentary is wonderful because you can follow this story unfolding in front of you."

Ariel Nasr
Ariel Nasr

Award-winning filmmaker and Academy Award nominee, 2005