Publications

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"Clio in Museum Garb" Science Museum Papers in the History of Technology, no. 4, April 1997: 36-46.

The emergence of an academic ethos at the Smithsonian

“Science Moderne: Sigfried Giedion’s Space, Time and Architecture and Mechanization Takes Command,” Technology and Culture, vol. 43, April 2002, pp.374–389.
“Exhibiting Atomic Culture: The View from Oak Ridge" in  “Vision of the Atomic Age: Towards a Comparative Perspective,” special issues of History and Technology, ed. Morris Low and Robert Kargon, vol. 19, September, 2003, pp. 211-226.

Examination of atom bomb exhibitions at the American Museum of Science and Energy

Inventing for the Environment, co-editor with Joyce Bedi. (Cambridge, Mass..: MIT Press, 2003).

Book of essays resulting from a multidisciplinary conference on the role of invention in mitigating environmental problems.

“The Eco-City as Urban Technology: Perspectives on Caofeidian International Eco-City (China)” with Simon Joss, in ed. Simon Joss, Robert Kargon, Arthur Molella, Journal of Urban Technology, Vol 20 Number 1 January 2013. Special Issue: Eco-Cities in Pan-Asia: International Discourses, Local Practices, pp.115-135.

Ideologies of technological progress in the planning of the first Chinese "Eco-City"

“Exhibiting Science in Historical Context: the Case of ‘Science in American Life,’” Museum Anthropology, 2003, 26, 1: 37–49.

A cultural study of boundary problems in the development of modern science exhibitions.

“What Makes an Innovative Lab or Work Space?,” American Heritage’s Invention & Technology, spring 2010, 25: 28-37.

What makes a laboratory an inventive space?

“Environmental Planning for National Regeneration: Techno-cities in New Deal America and Nazi Germany,” with Robert Kargon, in Inventing for the Environment (Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 2003). ed. Arthur Molella and Joyce Bedi, pp. 107–129.
“The City as Communications Net: Norbert Wiener, The Atomic Bomb, and Urban Dispersal,” (with Robert H. Kargon) Technology and Culture, October 2004, 45: 764-

The prospects of atomic warfare and the dispersal of cities.

Places of Invention. co-edited with Anna Karvellas. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, in press, forthcoming June 2015.

a companion book for the Places of Invention exhibtion at the National Museum of American History.

The Papers of Joseph Henry edited with Nathan Reingold, et al. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Press. Vols. 1-4, 1972-1981.

Edited volumes of the manuscripts of Joseph Henry, American physicist and first Secretary of the Smithsonian.

“Electromagnetic Induction,” “Perpetual Motion,” in Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Society, ed. Rudi Volti, 1999.

Brief articles in the history of electricity and science.

"Mumford in Historiographical Context" In  Lewis Mumford, Public Intellectual, edited by Thomas P. Hughes and Agatha C. Hughes, ), 21-42. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, l990.  

Examination of the influences on the historian of technology Lewis Mumford.

“Culture, Technology, and Constructed Memory in Disney’s New Town; Techno-Nostalgia in Historical Perspective,” with Robert Kargon. In Miriam Levin, ed., Cultures of Control (London: Harwood, 2000), pp. 135–150.
“‘Science in American Life,’ National Identity, and the Science Wars: A Curator’s View,” Curator: The Museum Journal, vol. 42-2, April 1999, pp. 108–116.

A perspective on sponsorship issues in the mounting of a major science exhibition.

“The Modenist Impulse: Culture, Invention and the Environment” Printed text of lecture at Westminster University, London, Wednesday, 5 May 1999.

A study of contradictory tendencies in modernism toward modern science and technology.

"Ralph Burmester, Wissenschaft aus erster Hand: 50 Jahre Tagungen der Nobelpreistraeger in Lindau/Bodensee" Co-editor with Wolf Peter Fehlhammer, Peter Friess, and Helmuth Trischler. (Deutsches Museum and Smithsonian Institution, 2000).

A history of the annual meetings of science Nobelists at Lindau, Germany. Prepared to accompany the Nobel Voices exhibition.

“The Electrodynamic World View and the Frontiers of the Scientific Imagination,” Imagination and Sciences, ed. Abdessalam Ben Maissa, Colloquia and Conferences, 2000, no. 90, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University Mohamed V-Agdal Rabat, pp.37–56.

A study of the creative influences of philosophy on German electrical theory of the 19th century. An exploration of an aspect of the scientific imagination.

Research Budgets in an Age of Limits (co-editor, with Klaus-Dirk Henke and Hans-Liudger Dienel) vol. 2 Europaische Schriften zu Staat und Wirtschaft, ed. Klaus-Dirk Henke (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2000).

Collection of articles on effect of declining state budgets on national scientific and research institutions, including the work of museums and other cultural institutions.

From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism. Oxford University Press, 2016.
The Promise of a New Life: Jewish Immigrants in America, 1820–1880. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, 2003.

Expands on the exhibition of similar name.

"Handcraft to Industry, Philadelphia Ceramics in the First Half of the Ninteenth Century." Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology, No. 43. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1980.
"Marketing American Pottery: Maulden Perine in Baltimore." Winterthur Portfolio 19 (1984).
"The Business of Potting, 1780–1840" in The Craftsman in Early America, edited by Ian M.G. Quimby. (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1984.)
"More is Better: Gender, Class Identity, and Mass Consumption in Postwar America," American Quarterly, Dec. 2002.

Offers a reconsideration of postwar class relations by exploring the influence of working-class women on American social life and culture.

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