by Miranda Paton*

It’s an exceptional history of science meeting indeed when discussion of a paper turns to the possibility of requesting someone’s FBI file.  No more can be said without blowing a fellow researcher’s cover.

The occasion for this recommendation was the group discussion of a paper given at 30th annual meeting of the Columbia History of Science Group that convened at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on March 9-11, 2012.  Thirty or so historians, some with partners and children in tow, enjoyed a program of 12 papers, good eats and intense competitions for various prizes with strict—if sometimes obscure—criteria. Continue reading