Article Published by PhD Graduate, Emily Simpson

2018 PhD graduate in the History of Science, Emily Simpson’s newest article, “Building Canals from Panama to Mars: Technological Progress and Scientific Ideals,” was published in the journal Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences last month. The article, which discusses how the building of the Panama Canal may have shaped and influenced perspectives and ideas […]

Public Oral History Interview with Downwinder Trisha Pritikin

On January 11, 2019 an intimate group of students, professors, and community members met in the Valley Library to listen to an oral history interview of Downwinder, Trisha Pritikin, which was facilitated by Dr. Jacob Hamblin. Pritikin was being interviewed as part of a National Science Foundation grant through Oregon State University to understand the history of […]

Sophie Germain and Fermat’s Last Theorem

by Tamara Caulkins* On May 20, 2014, the OSU Department of Mathematics sponsored a history lecture by Dr. David Pengelley, of New Mexico State University. Dr. Pengelley presented an animated lecture on the French mathematician, Sophie Germain (1776-1831). Dr. Pengelley’s interest in Germain was sparked by his use of primary historical sources in his teaching […]