Lorraine Daston

Visiting Professor of Social Thought and History

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Boltzmannstr. 22,
14195 Berlin,
Federal Republic of Germany
Tel. 49-30-22667-131
Fax: 49-30-22667-293

Visiting Professor of Social Thought and History

Education

  • A.B., Harvard University (summa cum laude), History and Science, 1973
  • Diploma*, University of Cambridge, History and Philosophy of Science, 1974
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, History of Science, 1979

(*The Diploma is the approximate equivalent of an American Master's degree, requiring a year of graduate course work and a thesis.)

Selected Publications

  • (with Lorenz Krüger and Michael Heidelberger, eds.) The Probabilistic Revolution. Vol. I: Ideas in History (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press,1987). Recipient of American Association of Scholarly Publishers Award for best book in Philosophy and the Social Sciences, 1987.Translated into Japanese.
  • Classical Probability in the Enlightenment (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988). Recipient of the Pfizer Prize, History of Science Society, 1989.
  • (with G. Gigerenzer et al.). The Empire of Chance, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989). German translation: (with G. Gigerenzer et al.). Das Reich des Zufalls. Wissen zwischen Wahrscheinlichkeiten, Häufigkeiten und Unschärfen (Heidelberg, Berl
  • in: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 1999).
  • (with Katharine Park). Wonders and the Order of Nature, (New York: Zone Books, 1998). Recipient of Pfizer Prize, History of Science Society, 1999; Bainton Prize (History and Theology) of Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 1999. Translated into Italian (2000); translated into German (2002).
  • (ed.) Biographies of Scientific Objects, (Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2000).
  • Eine kurze Geschichte der wissenschaftlichen Aufmerksamkeit (München: Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, 2001).
  • Wunder, Beweise und Tatsachen. Zur Geschichte der Rationalität (Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2001).
  • (with Gianna Pomata, eds.) The Faces of Nature in Enlightenment Europe, (Berlin: BWV Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag GmbH, 2003)
  • (with Fernando Vidal, eds.) The Moral Authority of Nature (Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2004)
  • (ed.) Things that Talk. Object Lessons from Art and Science (New York: Zone Books, 2004)
  • (with Gregg Mitman, eds.), Thinking with Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005)