About this book


This handbook offers original, critical perspectives on different approaches to the history of biology. This collection is intended to start a new conversation among historians of biology regarding their work, its history, and its future. Historical scholarship does not take place in isolation: As historians create their narratives describing the past, they are in dialogue not only with their sources but with other historians and other narratives. One important task for the historian is to place her narrative in a historiographic lineage. Each author in this collection offers their particular perspective on the historiography of a range of topics from Model Organisms to Eugenics, Molecular Biology to Biotechnology, Women, Race, Scientific Biography, Genetics, Darwin and more. Rather than comprehensive literature reviews, the essays critically reflect upon important historiographic trends, offering pointed appraisals of the field by leading scholars. Other authors will surely have different perspectives, and this is the beauty and challenge of history-making. The Handbook of the Historiography of Biology presents an opportunity to engage with each other about how the history of biology has been and will be written.


historiography of science history of biology history of molecular biology history of biotechnology history of genetics history of evolutionary biology race and biology women and biology history of eugenics history of developmental biology Charles Darwin and the Darwinian Tradition History of Natural History Ecology and Environmental History Modern Evolutionary Biology Gregor Mendel and 19th century Heredity Modern Genetics and Genomics Organisms and Traditions of Research history of biomedicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Dietrich
    • 1
  • Mark Borrello
    • 2
  • Oren Harman
    • 3
  1. 1.HPS Dept, 1017 Cathedral of LearningUniversity of Pittsburgh HPS Dept, 1017 Cathedral of LearningPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.University of MinnesotaSaint PaulUSA
  3. 3.Tel AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74456-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-7748
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-7756