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Publications

The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

"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

“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

“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"

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

Brief articles in the history of electricity and science.

“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?

“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.
“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.

“‘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.

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 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.

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.

"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.

"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.

“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.

Nobel Laureates, Photographed by Peter Badge with Peter Friess and Marc Pachter, (Deutsches Museum Bonn: Bonn). 2001.

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.

Aachener Nobelpreistrager: Physik Im Spannungsfeld Von Wissenschaft Und Gesellschaft Um 1900 (Nobel Prize-Winners From Aachen: Caught In The Conflict Between Science And Society Around 1900) with Peter Friess, Andreas Fickers, Christian Bremen. (Munich: Deutsches Museum), 2000.

Catalog for an exhibition on Nobel Laureates at the University of Aachen, Germany. Considers the effects of National Socialism on German scientists

“Mumford, Lewis,” The History of Science in the United States: An Encyclopedia, ed. Marc Rothenberg (New York: Garland, 2001), pp. 363–364.
"Was uns die Nobelpreisträger sagen: Wie aus Gesprächen eine Ausstellung wurde,” with Peter Friess. Kultur & Technnik, 2001, 4: 18–14.
“Science Moderne: Sigfried Giedion’s Space, Time and Architecture and Mechanization Takes Command,” Technology and Culture, vol. 43, April 2002, pp.374–389.
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.

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.

World's Fairs in te Cold War: Science, Technology, and the Culture of Progress
Places of Invention. Arthur P. Molella and Anna Karvellas, editors. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press: 2015.

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.

From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism. Oxford University Press, 2016.
“‘Kept Right on Fightin…’: African American Working Women’s Activism in Civil Rights Era Milwaukee.” Journal of Civil and Human Rights, 2:1.

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