Below you will find the Focus sections from the most recent issues of Isis. The Focus sections are designed to attract readers in all areas of the field by dealing with themes that cut across chronological boundaries. Originally they were intended as tools for scholars who wished to explore new perspectives in the history of science. But they have proven to be valuable teaching tools as well and we therefore decided to make them more widely accessible.


June 2015, 106:2
Focus: The History of Humanities and the History of Science


December 2014, 105:4
Focus: Relocating Race


September 2014, 105: 3
Focus: The Peculiar Persistence of the Naturalistic Fallacy


June 2014, 105:2
Focus: Knowing the Ocean: A Role for the History of Science


March 2014, 105:1
Focus: Neurohistory and History of Science


December 2013, 104:4
Focus: Global Currents in National Histories of Science: The
Global Turn and the History of Science in Latin America


September 2013, 104:3
Focus: Ordering the Discipline: Classification in the History of Science


June 2013, 104:2
Focus: Science, Hisstory, and Modern India


March 2013, 104:1
Focus: The Future of the History of Science


December 2012, 103:4
Focus: Listmania


September 2012, 103:3
Focus: Applied Science


June 2012, 103:2
Focus: Follow the Money: Networks, Peers, and Patronage in the History of Science


March 2012, 103:1
Focus: Textbooks in the Sciences


December 2011, 102:4
Focus: The History of Scientific Instruments


September 2011, 102:3
Focus: The History of Science and the History of Mathematics


June 2011, 102:2
Focus: Alchemy and the History of Science


March 2011, 102:1
Focus: Between and Beyond “Histories of Science” and “Histories of Medicine”


December 2010, 101:4
Focus: Performing Science


September 2010, 101:3
Focus: History of Science and Literature and Science: Convergences and Divergences


June 2010, 101:2
Focus: New Perspectives on Science and the Cold War


March 2010, 101:1
Focus: Global Histories of Science


December 2009, 100:4
Focus: The Emotional Economy of Science


September 2009, 100:3
Focus: Darwin as a Cultural Icon


June 2009, 100:2
Focus: Historicizing “Popular Science”


March 2009, 100:1
Focus: 100 Volumes of Isis: The Vision of George Sarton


December 2008, 99:4
Focus: Laboratory History


September 2008, 99:3
Focus: Counterfactuals and the Historian of Science


June 2008, 99:2
Focus: What is the Value of History of Science?


March 2008, 99:1
Focus: Changing Directions in History and Philosophy of Science