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    Big is a Thing of the Past: Climate Change and Methodology in the History of Ideas.Deborah R. Coen - 2016 - Journal of the History of Ideas 77 (2):305-321.
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    Rise, Grubenhund: on provincializing Kuhn.Deborah R. Coen - 2012 - Modern Intellectual History 9 (1):109-126.
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    A Lens Of Many Facets: Science through a Family’s Eyes.Deborah R. Coen - 2006 - Isis 97 (3):395-419.
    This essay argues for the relevance of the history of family life to the history of science, taking the example of the Exners of Vienna. The Exners were an influential case of the nineteenth‐century European phenomenon of the “scientific dynasty.” The focus here is on their collaborative research on color theory at the turn of the twentieth century. At first glance, this project looks like a reactionary strike against aesthetic innovation, a symptom of what historians assume was an unbridgeable gulf (...)
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    A Lens of Many Facets.Deborah R. Coen - 2006 - Isis 97 (3):395-419.
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    The Tongues of Seismology in Nineteenth-Century Switzerland.Deborah R. Coen - 2012 - Science in Context 25 (1):73-102.
    ArgumentBetween 1878 and 1880, Switzerland, Italy, and Japan initiated the world's first national earthquake commissions, but only the Swiss made ordinary citizens a vital part of this undertaking. This paper examines the texture of communication between Swiss scientists and lay observers and traces the development of a language for seismology that was simultaneously scientific and vernacular. This is the story of an aborted dialogue between scientists and citizens about living with environmental risk, an alternative abandoned on the way to the (...)
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    The Storm Lab: Meteorology in the Austrian Alps.Deborah R. Coen - 2009 - Science in Context 22 (3):463-486.
    ArgumentWhat, if anything, uniquely defines the mountain as a “laboratory of nature”? Here, this question is considered from the perspective of meteorology. Mountains played a central role in the early history of modern meteorology. The first permanent year-round high-altitude weather stations were built in the 1880s but largely fell out of use by the turn of the twentieth century, not to be revived until the 1930s. This paper considers the unlikely survival of the Sonnblick observatory in the Austrian Alps. By (...)
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    Miss Fielde’s Nests.Deborah R. Coen - 2016 - In Susan Neiman, Peter Galison & Wendy Doniger (eds.), What Reason Promises: Essays on Reason, Nature and History. Boston: De Gruyter. pp. 77-87.
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    Between History and Earth System Science.Deborah R. Coen & Fredrik Albritton Jonsson - 2022 - Isis 113 (2):407-416.
    The Anthropocene is the signature concept of the new discipline of Earth System science (ESS). This essay argues that ESS is, first and foremost, a framework for interdisciplinary collaboration, and it considers the advantages and disadvantages to historians of adopting this framework. The authors conclude that the epistemological framework of ESS devalues the role of historical interpretation and evinces a self-defeating tendency toward Holocene nostalgia. A historically informed response to the present environmental crisis needs to attend to historical forces that (...)
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    Introduction: Witness to Disaster: Comparative Histories of Earthquake Science and Response.Deborah R. Coen - 2012 - Science in Context 25 (1):1-15.
    For historians of science, earthquakes may well have an air of the exotic. Often terrifying, apparently unpredictable, and arguably even more deadly today than in a pre-industrial age, they are not a phenomenon against which scientific progress is easy to gauge. Yet precisely because seismic forces seem so uncanny, even demonic, naturalizing them has been one of the most tantalizing and enduring challenges of modern science. Earthquakes have repeatedly shaken not just human edifices but the foundations of human knowledge. They (...)
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    Plants, maps, and the politics of scale: Nils Güttler, Das Kosmoskop: Karten und ihre Benutzer in der Pflanzengeographie des 19. Jahrhunderts. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2014, 545 pp, € 65.90 HB.Deborah R. Coen - 2016 - Metascience 25 (2):213-216.
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    Jan Plamper;, Benjamin Lazier . Fear: Across the Disciplines. viii + 237 pp., index. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012. $24.95. [REVIEW]Deborah R. Coen - 2014 - Isis 105 (1):204-205.
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    Stefani Engelstein. Sibling Action: The Genealogical Structure of Modernity. xiii + 360 pp., figs., notes, bibl., index. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. $65 . ISBN 9780231180405. [REVIEW]Deborah R. Coen - 2019 - Isis 110 (1):192-193.
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    The Greening of German HistoryDavid Blackbourn. The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany. 512 pp., illus., bibl., index. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006. $85 .Franz‐Josef Brüggemeier;, Mark Cioc;, Thomas Zeller . How Green Were the Nazis? Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich. vii + 283 pp., bibl., index. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005. $22.95 .Mark Cioc. The Rhine: An Eco‐Biography, 1815–2000. Foreword by, William Cronon. 263 pp., illus., bibl., index. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002. $29.95 .Hans‐Werner Frohn;, Friedmann Schmoll . Natur und Staat: Staatlicher Naturschutz in Deutschland 1906–2006. xii + 736 pp., index. Münster: Landwirtschaftsverlag, 2006. €36 .Thomas M. Lekan. Imagining the Nation in Nature: Landscape Preservation and German Identity, 1885–1945. 342 pp., illus., index. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004. $50 .Thomas Lekan;, Thomas Zeller . Germany's Nature: Cultural Landscapes and Environmen. [REVIEW]Deborah R. Coen - 2008 - Isis 99 (1):142-148.
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    Wilhelm Füßl. Oskar von Miller 1855–1934: Eine Biographie. 452 pp., bibl., index. Munich: C. H. Beck Verlag, 2005. €29.90. [REVIEW]Deborah R. Coen - 2006 - Isis 97 (4):768-769.
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