Steven Shapin

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Steven Shapin is Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. He joined Harvard in 2004 after previous appointments as Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and at the Science Studies Unit, Edinburgh University.

He has published widely in the historical sociology of scientific knowledge, and his current research interests include historical and contemporary studies of dietetics, the changing languages and practices of taste, the nature of entrepreneurial science, and modern relations between academia and industry.

  • "Pump and Circumstance: Robert Boyle's Literary Technology", Social Studies of Science 14:4 (Nov 1984), pp 481-520.
  • with Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life, Princeton University Press, 1985, xiv+440 pp; repr., corr., 1989; repr., with new intro., 2011, liv+391 pp.
    • Leviathan et la pompe à air: Hobbes et Boyle entre science et politique, trans. Thierry Piélat with Sylvie Barjansky, Paris: Découverte, 1993, 457 pp. (French)
    • Il Leviatano e la pompa ad aria: Hobbes, Boyle e la cultura dell'esperimento, Firenze: La Nuova Italia, 1994, xi+531 pp. (Italian)
    • Liweitan yu kong qi beng pu: Huobusi, Boyier yu shi yan sheng huo, [利維坦與空氣泵浦: 霍布斯、波以耳與實驗生活], Taibei Shi: Xing ren, 2006, xxxiv+582 pp. (Chinese)
  • A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, University of Chicago Press, 1994.
  • The Scientific Revolution, University of Chicago Press, 1996, 232 pp.
  • with Simon Schaffer, Wetenschap is cultuur [Science is Culture], ed. Lissa Roberts, trans. Fred Hendriks, Amsterdam: Balans, 2005, 304 pp. (Dutch)
  • The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation, University of Chicago Press, 2008, 468 pp.
  • Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.