Welcome to the website for STATES OF SECRECY, a conference at Harvard University on transhistorical secrecy in science. This conference seeks to look at the role that secrecy has had in the history of science from its earliest days to its most modern incarnations.
This conference is open to the public. Please RSVP to Daniel Margocsy if you are planning to attend. There is no registration process.
April 11, 2009 Science Center 469, Harvard University
9:00–10:15 The Philosophy of Secrets (Chair: Katharine Park)
Openness versus Secrecy: Some Historical and Conceptual Issues
Galen of Pergamun: Between the Logical and the Exegetical Method
Commerce and Secrecy in Early Modern Jewry
Secret Communication and the Origins of Modern Science and Espionage
Good Secrecy: Constructing Confidentiality In Early Modern Science and Technology
Patenting Secrets, Open Knowledge and the Invention of Color Printing
Secrecy and the Bomb from Postwar to Cold War
Information Control in Genome Research