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Compound Words: Chemists, Information, and the Synthetic World
(Under contract with University of Chicago Press)
Articles under review and in preparation
“Molecular Bureaucracy: Toxicological Information and Environmental Protection”
(revised and resubmitted to Environmental History)
“Substitution: Swapping Chemicals in Use to Sustain Industrial Infrastructures against Environmental Fears.” In Technologies in Use, ed. Lissa Roberts and Lee Vinsel (in preparation).
Scholarly articles and essays
(* = peer-reviewed)
* “‘A Way of Thinking Backwards’: Computing and Method in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 48:3 (June 2018): 300-337 (revised version of essay awarded the 2015 Reingold Prize). (preprint)
* “Paper Chemistry: François Dagognet and the Chemical Graph.” Ambix 65:1 (Feb 2018): 76-98 (special issue in honor of Ursula Klein). (preprint)
* “'Just as the Structural Formula Does': Names, Diagrams, and the Structure of Organic Chemistry at the 1892 Geneva Nomenclature Congress.” Ambix 62:1 (Feb 2015): 1-28 (revised version of essay awarded the 2014 Partington Prize).
“François Dagognet et la chimie informatique.” In François Dagognet épistémologue, ed. Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Jean-François Braunstein, and Jean Gayon (Paris: Éditions Matériologiques, forthcoming 2018) (abridged and translated version of “Paper Chemistry”). (preprint)
“Changing Names and Naming Change: Transformations in the ‘International Machinery’ of Chemical Information.” Proceedings of the International Workshop on the History of Chemistry, March 2-4 2015, Tokyo (2016): 68-76. http://kagakushi.org/iwhc2015/proceedings/.
“Remaking the X-Ray as an Instrument of Authentication.” Proceedings of the Authentication in Art Congress 2014 (July 2015). http://www.authenticationinart.org/congress-2014/congress-papers/.
Reviews and articles for broader audiences
“How to Save Your Sperm: We don’t just need safer chemicals, we need safer chemistry.” The New York Times, 31 Jul 2017.
“Book Review: ‘American Eclipse’ by David Baron.” The Wall Street Journal, 21 Aug 2017.
“A Leak in the Chemical Archive,” in Virtual Roundtable on Compression. Public Books, 13 Oct 2017.
“Review of About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically, Jutta Schickore” Journal of the History of Biology 51 (2018).
“Environmental Data, Public Trust, and Guerrilla Archiving.” First 100 Days: Narratives of Normalization and Disruption, (Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Harvard Kennedy School), 8 Feb 2017.
“The Canary in Donald Trump’s Literal Coal Mine.” TIME.com, 14 Dec 2016.
“Book Review: ‘Making Marie Curie’ by Eva Hemmungs Wírten.” The Wall Street Journal, 21 Mar 2015.
“Systematic Flexibility and the History of the IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry.” Chemistry International 37:2 (Mar 2015): 10-14.
“The Pedagogical Construction of Chemistry. Review of Inventing Chemistry: Herman Boerhaave and the Reform of the Chemical Arts, John C. Powers.” Endeavour 37:4 (Dec 2013): 193-194. (preprint)
“Quest for Permanence.” Chemical Heritage 31:1 (Spring 2013): 20-26 (with Augustin Cerveaux).