Thinking Historically about STEM

The Alchemist's Experiment Takes Fire (1687). Hendrick Heerschop, Dutch. Oil on canvas laid down on board. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics rarely move in a simple line from one success to another. Thinking historically about STEM can help illuminate the course these disciplines take, including experiments gone awry. In this issue, we offer two historians’ views on what history can bring to the STEM disciplines, and vice versa. Image courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Collections. Gift of Fisher Scientific International. Photograph by Gregory Tobias.


Allen Mikaelian, editor
Shatha Almutawa, associate editor
Stephanie Kingsley, associate editor, web content and social media
Jacob Ingram, editorial assistant
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