The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.
The emergence of an academic ethos at the Smithsonian
Examination of atom bomb exhibitions at the American Museum of Science and Energy
Ideologies of technological progress in the planning of the first Chinese "Eco-City"
Brief articles in the history of electricity and science.
What makes a laboratory an inventive space?
The prospects of atomic warfare and the dispersal of cities.
A perspective on sponsorship issues in the mounting of a major science exhibition.
a companion book for the Places of Invention exhibtion at the National Museum of American History.
A study of contradictory tendencies in modernism toward modern science and technology.
Edited volumes of the manuscripts of Joseph Henry, American physicist and first Secretary of the Smithsonian.
A history of the annual meetings of science Nobelists at Lindau, Germany. Prepared to accompany the Nobel Voices exhibition.
Examination of the influences on the historian of technology Lewis Mumford.
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.
Nobel portraits by the German photographer Peter Badge, accompanying the Smithsonian exhibition, Nobel Voices. Includes statements by the laureates and brief essays by various authors.
Catalog for an exhibition on Nobel Laureates at the University of Aachen, Germany. Considers the effects of National Socialism on German scientists
Collection of articles on effect of declining state budgets on national scientific and research institutions, including the work of museums and other cultural institutions.
Book of essays resulting from a multidisciplinary conference on the role of invention in mitigating environmental problems.
A companion to the National Museum of American History exhibition. Building on 20 years of research by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation, Places of Invention explores how place—whether physical, social, or cultural—supports, constrains, and shapes innovation. Places of Invention tells the stories of people who lived, worked, played, collaborated, adapted, took risks, solved problems, and sometimes failed—all in the pursuit of something new. It dispels the myth of the lone inventor and shows that invention and innovation abound—not just in the Silicon Valleys of America but in hometowns across the country. Dispatches from learning labs in Seattle, Peoria, and Pittsburgh take the reader into the field where Smithsonian Affiliate museums are using invention and innovation as a transformative lens for understanding local history, cultivating creativity, and engaging communities.