Disputed Inheritance: The Battle over Mendel and the Future of Biology. Under contract with the University of Chicago Press.
History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects, coedited with Mike Finn and Laura Sellers.
A scholarly edition of W. F. R. Weldon’s Theory of Inheritance manuscript (1904-1905), coedited with Annie Jamieson, Charles H. Pence and Yafeng Shan.
A volume in the Correspondence of John Tyndall series, coedited with Roy MacLeod and Joseph Martin, under the general editorship of Bernard Lightman. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Darwin’s Argument by Analogy: From Artificial to Natural Selection. With Roger M. White and Jonathan Hodge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
“Francis Galton and the Complexities of History and Heredity.” Galton Review 15: 15‒19.
“Of Lice and Men: Charles Darwin, Henry Denny and the Evidence for the Human Races as Varieties or Species.” With Mark Steadman. In The Descent of Darwin: Race, Sex, and Human Nature, eds Erika L. Milam and Suman Seth. BJHS Themes 6: 1‒15.
“Breeding Back to Former Glory: The Role of Eugenics in Nazi Germany.” Essay review of Amir Teicher’s Social Mendelism: Genetics and the Politics of Race in Germany, 1900‒1948. Times Literary Supplement 14 August: 23‒4.
“Making Sense of Mendelian Genes.” In Making Sense of Metaphor: Evelyn Fox Keller and Commentators on Language and Science, eds Marga Vicedo and Denis Walsh. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 45: 299-314.
“Darwinism and Social Darwinism.” In The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought, eds Warren Breckman and Peter E. Gordon. 2 vols. Vol. 1, The Nineteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 279‒300.
“Emergence in Biology: From Organicism to Systems Biology.” With Emily Herring. In The Routledge Handbook of Emergence, eds Sophie Gibb, Robin F. Hendry and Tom Lancaster. London: Routledge, pp. 352‒62.
“Genes and Genocide: The Questionable Use of Scientific Endeavour.” Essay review of Theodore Porter’s Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity. Times Literary Supplement 10 May: 29. This article was included in the reading materials for the Commission of Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL.
“Incentivizing & Promoting Sustainable Seed Innovations in India: A Three-Pronged Approach.” With Mrinalini Kochupillai (lead author), Julia Köninger, Natalie Kopytko, Jasper Matthiesen, and Prabhakar Rao. Delivered to representatives of the Indian government at the Sustainable Indigenous Seeds Innovation 2.0 conference, Bangalore, 30 July. My introduction to the conference themes, and my summary of “Prong 2,” on the case for overhauling farmer education, can be viewed on Youtube.”
“Kafka’s Wonderful Ape: Identifying Red Peter.” Times Literary Supplement 1 March: 8‒9.
“So Many Free Lunches: Why We Should Not Try To Be Excellent.” Essay review of Daniel S. Milo’s Good Enough: The Tolerance for Mediocrity in Nature and Society. Times Literary Supplement 15 November: 36.
“A Wake-Up Call on Proprietary Seeds: How India Can Shift its Agriculture from a High-Yield Ideal to a High-Value One.” With Mrinalini Kochupillai. The Hindu 9 May.
“What Would Have Happened if Darwin and Mendel Had Been on Twitter?” Interview with Kat Arney. Genetics Unzipped Podcast. April 2019.
Biographical article on Peter Marler. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
“How and Why Darwin Got Emotional about Race.” In Historicizing Humans: Deep Time, Evolution, and Race in Nineteenth-Century British Sciences, ed. Efram Sera-Shriar. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 139‒71. I presented the paper in lecture form in November 2016 when I gave the annual Thomas S. Hall Lecture in History and Philosophy of Science, Washington University in St. Louis.
“Animal Agency in the Age of the Modern Synthesis: W. H. Thorpe’s Example.” In Animal Agents: The Non-Human in the History of Science, ed. Amanda Rees. BJHS Themes 2: 35-56. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
“The Argument from Science.” In Sapere Aude: The Future of the Humanities in British Universities, eds K. Almqvist and I. Thomas. Stockholm: Ax:son Johnson Foundation, pp.185-90.
“Barr & Stroud Rangefinder: Or, the Magic and Mayhem of Optics.” With Kiara White and Juha Saatsi. Lecture in the HPS in 20 Objects series, University of Leeds, 23 May.
“Genetic Determinism in the Genetics Curriculum: An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Mendelian and Weldonian Emphases.” With Annie Jamieson. Science and Education 26: 1261‒90.
“Kirkdale Cave.” BSHS Travel Guide.
“Mendel’s Significance.” Speech at Mendel University, Brno, 18 May, on the occasion of the unveiling of a new statue of Mendel. The text of the original English version can be read here, and the text of the Czech version here.
Review of S. Müller-Wille and C. Brandt, eds, Heredity Explored: Between Public Domain and Experimental Science, 1850–1930. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 48: 399-401.
“Afterword.” With Gowan Dawson. In Global Spencerism: The Communication and Appropriation of a British Evolutionist, ed. Bernard Lightman. Leiden: Brill, pp.286-95.
“The Enemy Within: Simplifying the Vital Story of How Genes Determine Our Characteristics and Chances of Mortality.” Essay review of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene: An Intimate History. Times Literary Supplement 25 November: 3-4.
Genius by Stephen Hawking. Broadcast on PBS in the USA in May and the National Geographic Channel in the rest of the world in June. (I appeared in three out of the six episodes.)
An introduction to the HPS in 20 Objects lecture series. University of Leeds, 26 January.
“The Newlyn-Phillips Machine, or, How Money (with Help from Models and Maths) Makes the World Go Around.” With Steven French and Mike Finn. Lecture in the HPS in 20 Objects series, University of Leeds, 13 December.
“Presidential Address: Experimenting with the Scientific Past.” British Journal for the History of Science 49: 153-72. I presented the paper in lecture form in July 2015 as President of the British Society the History of Science, meeting that year at Swansea University. An abridged version of the paper appeared in Nature (see below).
“Teach Students the Biology of Their Time: An Experiment in Genetics Education Reveals How Mendel’s Legacy Holds Back the Teaching of Science.” Nature 533 (19 May): 293. The online version has links to an associated podcast and Nature editorial (“Second Thoughts”). The article was also published in German as: “Lehrt die Schüler die Biologie ihrer Zeit!”, trans. U. Kattman. Der mathematische und naturwissenschaftliche Unterricht (2017): 64‒5.
“The Unmaking of a Modern Synthesis: Noam Chomsky, Charles Hockett, and the Politics of Behaviorism, 1955-1965.”Isis 107: 49-73. Under the title “Ideas and Ghosts,” Lorraine Daston and I published a brief exchange about the article on the Isis Facebook page.
Review of N. Rasmussen’s Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise. Medical History 60: 115-7.
Review of J. E. Smith’s Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy. Quarterly Review of Biology 91: 495.
“Beyond the ‘Mendel-Fisher Controversy’: Worries about Fraudulent Data Should Give Way to Broader Critiques of Mendel’s Legacy.” Science 350 (9 October): 159-60. The article was featured in El Pais and The Scientist.
“Cultivating Innovation: The Case for an Expanded Conception of Intellectual Property.” Introductory lecture at the Cultivating Innovation conference, John Innes Centre, Norwich. 14 April.
“Dismal Destinies: How London’s Socialists Debated the Implications of Darwinism, From William Morris’s Visions of an “Epoch of Rest” to H. G. Wells’s Far Future of Degeneration.” Essay review of Piers J. Hale’s Political Descent: Malthus, Mutualism, and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian Britain. In Times Literary Supplement 3 July: 3-4.
“Mendel the Fraud? A Social History of Truth in Genetics.” The Innes Lecture, John Innes Centre, 20 April. Unfortunately the video of this lecture seems to have gone missing, but I gave a summary in this little promo film I did beforehand.
“Mendel’s Legacy.” Panel discussion with Prof. Steve Jones and Dr Jenny Lewis. Royal Society of London, 2 June.
“What Happens in Mendel’s Paper.” Lecture at the Mendel Symposium, Villanova University, 7 December.
“Charles Darwin.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology, ed. Jonathan Losos. New York: Oxford University Press.
“Consciously Digital.” Essay review of Michio Kaku’s The Future of the Mind. Times Literary Supplement 20 June: 32.
“Human Rights & the Expanding Circle: From Darwin to Today.” Lecture at the Human Rights and the Humanities Conference, National Humanities Center, 20 March. The subsequent discussion can be watched here.
“Saliva on the Shelf.” Review of S. Pääbo’s Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes. Times Literary Supplement 9 May: 24.
Review of S. Müller-Wille and H.-J. Rheinberger’s A Cultural History of Heredity and Bernd Gausemeier et al. (eds), Human Heredity in the Twentieth Century. British Journal for the History of Science 47: 747-8.
“Biomachine Dreams.” Published on The Superposition website. Also in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44: 790-792.
“Claiming Ownership in the Technosciences: Patents, Priority and Productivity,” with Christine MacLeod. Introduction to Owning and Disowning Invention special issue. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44: 188-201.
“Darwin and Humans.” In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought, ed. Michael Ruse. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 173‒81.
“Intellectual Property, Plant Breeding and the Making of Mendelian Genetics,” with Berris Charnley. In the Owning and Disowning Invention special issue. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44: 222-33.
An introduction for Ian Hacking, in Leeds to present the annual C.L. Oakley lecture in Medicine and the Arts, “Making Up Autism.” University of Leeds, 13 May.
“Jesus, Darwin and Ashley Montagu.” Lecture at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge, 11 June.
Owning and Disowning Invention: Intellectual Property and Identity in the Technosciences in Britain, 1870-1930, coedited with Christine MacLeod. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44: 188-300.
“The Professor and the Pea: Lives and Afterlives of William Bateson’s Campaign for the Utility of Mendelism.” In the Owning and Disowning Invention special issue. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44: 280-96.
“Putting Mendel in His Place: How Curriculum Reform in Genetics and Counterfactual History of Science Can Work Together.” With Annie Jamieson. In The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, ed. K. Kampourakis. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 577-95.
Review of G. Chancellor and J. van Wyhe, eds., Charles Darwin’s Notebooks from the Voyage of the ‘Beagle’ plus two related volumes. British Journal for the History of Science 46: 349-51.
“The Debate over Darwinism, Past and Present.” Foreword to Evolution 2.0: Implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences, eds M. Brinkworth and F. Weinert. Berlin: Springer, pp. v-viii.
“The Exemplary Kuhnian: Gould’s Structure Revisited.” Essay review-retrospective of Stephen Jay Gould’s The Structure of Evolutionary Theory. In Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42: 143-57.
“If I Could Talk to the Animals: Author’s Response.” Contribution to a review symposium on The Simian Tongue. Metascience 21:253–67.
Interview with Nick Jardine. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43: i-iii.
On J. S. Wilkie and the Rediscovery of Mendel. Viewpoint: Magazine of the British Society for the History of Science 99:4.
“The Role of the Royal Society in the Battle Over Mendelism.” Lecture at the Royal Society of London, 5 October.
“Scientific Inheritance: How History Matters for the Sciences.” Inaugural Lecture, University of Leeds, 16 May. For an excellent summary see Rebekah Higgitt, “Beyond our Kuhnian Inheritance: A recent lecture by Prof Greg Radick questions our scientific inheritance, through textbook histories of genetics and Thomas Kuhn’s legacy.” The Guardian, 28 August.
“Should ‘Heredity’ and ‘Inheritance’ Be Biological Terms? William Bateson’s Change of Mind as a Historical and Philosophical Problem.” Part of the symposium section “Becoming Scientific: How Everyday Things Travel to Science and Back.” Philosophy of Science 79: 714-724.
Review of D. Sepkoski’s Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline. Journal of the History of Biology 45: 575-8.
“Consilience and Animal Minds.” Lecture then discussion as part of a Forum for European Philosophy event on animal minds at the London School of Economics, 21 February.
“Lessons of the Galápagos.” Seminar in the Debating Darwin series, University of Chicago, 11 November.
“Physics in the Galtonian Sciences of Heredity.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42: 129-138.
The study of primate communication, then and now. Interview for a Discovery programme broadcast on the BBC World Service, 13 June.
Review of D. A. Kibee, ed., Chomskyan (R)evolutions. Historiographia Linguistica 38:432-5.
“Did Darwin Change His Mind About the Fuegians?” Endeavour 34: 51-4.
“Evidence-Based Darwinism.” Essay review of Elliott Sober’s Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science. Biological Theory 5: 289-91.
The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, Second Edition. Coedited with Jonathan Hodge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Darwin in Ilkley. With Mike Dixon. Stroud: History Press.
“Integrating Scientific Instruments into History of Science Teaching and Research at the University of Leeds.” Viewpoint: Newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science 90: 6.
“Is the Theory of Natural Selection Independent of its History?” In The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 147-72.
Edinburgh and Darwin’s Expression of the Emotions. Pamphlet in the Dialogues with Darwin series. Edinburgh: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.
“The Place of Darwin’s Theories in the Intellectual Long Run,” with Jonathan Hodge. In The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 246-73.
“Plant Breeding and Intellectual Property Before and After the Rise of Mendelism: The Case of Britain.” With Berris Charnley. In Living Properties: Making Knowledge and Controlling Ownership in the History of Biology, eds. Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Daniel J. Kevles and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. Preprint 382. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
Review of A. Desmond and J. Moore’s Darwin’s Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins. Times Higher Education 12 Feb.: 48‒9.
Review of R. J. Richards’ The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought. History Today 59 (July): 66-7.
Biographical article on W. H. Thorpe. New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, ed. Noretta Koertge. 8 vols. Vol. 7, pp. 42-5. Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
Counterfactuals and the Historian of Science. Guest-edited Focus section with an introduction by me (see below) and articles by Peter Bowler, Steven French, Steve Fuller and John Henry. Isis 99: 547-84.
“Historiographic Evidence and Confirmation.” With Mark Day. Blackwell’s Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography, ed. Aviezer Tucker. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 87-97.
“Race and Language in the Darwinian Tradition (and what Darwin’s Language-Species Parallels have to do with it).” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39: 359-70. This article is a reply to a reply to my work in the same journal from Stephen Alter.
“Why What If?” Introduction to the Focus section on Counterfactuals and the Historian of Science. Isis 99: 547-51.
Review of M. Boulter’s Darwin’s Garden: Down House and The Origin of Species. Times Higher Education 4 Sept.: 56‒7.
Review of G. Levine’s Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-enchantment of the World. Victorian Studies 50: 329-31.
“Afterword.” With Jonathan Hodge. In (Re)creating Science in Nineteenth-Century Britain: An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. Amanda Mordavsky Caleb. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
“The Ethologist’s World.” Essay review of R. W. Burkhardt, Jr., Patterns of Behavior: Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, and the Founding of Ethology and H. Kruuk, Niko’s Nature. Journal of the History of Biology 40: 565-575.
The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. (Awarded the 2010 Suzanne J. Levinson Prize from the History of Science Society for best book in the history of the life sciences and natural history.) The reviews can be sampled here. You can read the Prize citation here.
“Introduction.” With Amanda Rees. Fielding the Question special section (see below). Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 37: 269-72.
Fielding the Question: Primatological Research in Historical Perspective. Coedited with Amanda Rees. Special section of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 37: 269-362, collecting and introducing papers delivered at a Dec. 2003 Leeds workshop.
“What’s in a Name? The Vervet Predator Calls and the Limits of the Washburnian Synthesis.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 37: 334-362.
“The Case for Virtual History.” Introduction to a special feature (“What if?”) on counterfactuals in the history of science. New Scientist 187, no. 2513 (20 August 2005): 34-5.
“Deviance, Darwinian-Style.” Essay review of Darwinian Heresies, eds Abigail Lustig, Robert J. Richards and Michael Ruse. Metascience 14: 453-7.
“Other Histories, Other Biologies.” In Philosophy, Biology and Life, ed. Anthony O’Hear. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 21-47. Supplement to Philosophy, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement: 56.
“Primate Language and the Playback Experiment, in 1890 and 1980.” Journal of the History of Biology 38: 461-93.
Space: In Science, Art and Society, coedited with François Penz and Robert Howell. Based on the Darwin College Lectures, Winter/Spring 2001. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Biographical articles on Alexander Bain, James Crichton-Browne, Thomas R. Malthus, C. Lloyd Morgan, F. Max Müller, and (with G. J. N. Gooday) Patrick Geddes, in The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists, ed. Bernard Lightman. 4 vols. Bristol: Thoemmes Press; Chicago: University of Chicago Press. I served as supervisory editor for the human sciences entries in these volumes.
Review of Herbert Spencer: The Intellectual Legacy, eds Greta Jones and Robert A. Peel. The Galton Institute Newsletter, no. 52 (September): 5-6.
“Cultures of Evolutionary Biology.” Essay review of Michael Ruse’s Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 34: 187-200.
“Introduction.” With Jonathan Hodge. In The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, eds Jonathan Hodge and Gregory Radick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-14. Reprinted with minor changes in 2009.
“Is the Theory of Natural Selection Independent of its History?” In The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, eds Jonathan Hodge and Gregory Radick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, eds., pp. 143-67. Reprinted (with minor changes) in the 2nd edition of 2009, pp. 147-72. Published in abridged form in Spanish as: “¿Qué es lo que queda de la interpretación Marxista sobre Darwin?” [“What is Left of the Marxian Interpretation of Darwin?”], trans. Juan Manuel Rodriguez Caso, Culturas Científicas 1 (2018): 1‒13. An abstract in English can be read here.
“R. L. Garner and the Rise of the Edison Phonograph in Evolutionary Philology.” In New Media, 1740-1915, eds Lisa Gitelman and Geoffrey B. Pingree. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 175-206.
Review of J. Strick’s Sparks of Life and J. Strick, ed., Evolution and the Spontaneous Generation Debate. British Journal for the History of Science 36: 241-4.
“Darwin on Language and Selection.” Selection 3: 7-16. Special issue on “Language Change as a Selection Process,” ed. David L. Hull.
“Discovering and Patenting Human Genes.” In Body Lore and Laws, eds Andrew Bainham, Shelley Day Sclater and Martin Richards. Oxford: Hart, pp. 63-78.
Review of N. W. Gillham’s A Life of Sir Francis Galton. Heredity 89: 328 (highlighted in the Genetics Subject Area at nature.com, October-November 2002).
Review of I. Hacking’s The Social Construction of What? British Journal for the History of Science 35: 97-9.
“A Critique of Kitcher on Eugenic Reasoning.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32: 741-51.
Review of A. C. Fabian, ed., Evolution. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 37: 293-5.
Review of E. F. Keller’s The Century of the Gene. Heredity 86: 638-40.
“Language, Brain Function, and Human Origins in the Victorian Debates over Evolution.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 31: 55-75.
“Morgan’s Canon, Garner’s Phonograph, and the Evolutionary Origins of Language and Reason.” British Journal for the History of Science 33: 3-23. (Awarded the 1998 Singer Prize of the British Society for the History of Science for best essay by an early career researcher.) Also published in abridged form in Spanish as: “El Canon de Morgan, el Fonógrafo de Garner, El Lenguaje y La Razón,” trans. M Benítez, Ciencias 57 (2000): 44-53.
“Two Explanations of Evolutionary Progress.” Biology and Philosophy 15: 475-91.
Review of Stephen Alter’s Darwinism and the Linguistic Image. British Journal for the History of Science 33: 122-24.
Review of Michael Rose’s Darwin’s Spectre. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51: 499-505.
Review of Michael Ruse’s The Darwinian Revolution, 2nd rev. edn. Journal of the History of Biology 33: 399-401.
“The Origin Unbound.” Essay review of David Depew and Bruce Weber’s Darwinism Evolving and David Amigoni and Jeff Wallace, eds, Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species: New Essays. In Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 29C: 349-57.