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Mary Terrall


PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    TERRALL@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  5276 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-2013

Degrees

B.A. Harvard University; PhD UCLA

Selected Publications

Books:
Catching Nature in the Act: Réaumur and the Practice of Natural History in the Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Vital Matters: Eighteenth-Century Views of Conception, Life and Death (University of Toronto Press, 2012). (Co-edited with Helen Deutsch)

The Man Who Flattened the Earth: Maupertuis and the Sciences in the Enlightenment, University of Chicago Press, 2002. Winner of Pfizer Prize (History of Science Society) and Gottschalk Prize (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies).

Articles and Book Chapters:
“Masculine Knowledge, the Public Good, and the Scientific Household of Réaumur,” Osiris 30 (2015): 182-202.

“Material Impressions: Conception, Sensibility and Inheritance,” in Vital Matters: Eighteenth-Century Views of Conception, Life and Death, ed. Mary Terrall and Helen Deutsch (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“Frogs on the Mantelpiece: The Practice of Observation in Daily Life,” in Histories of Scientific Observations, ed. Lorraine Daston and Elizabeth Lunbeck (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

“Following Insects Around: Tools and Techniques of Natural History in the Eighteenth Century,” British Journal for the History of Science, 43 (2010): 573-588.

“Speculation and Experiment in Enlightenment Life Sciences,” in Heredity Produced: At the Crossroads of Biology, Politics, and Culture, 1500-1800, ed. Staffan Müller-Wille and Hans¬Jörg Rheinberger (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2007).

“Biography as Cultural History of Science,” Isis 97 (2006): 306-313.

“Mathematical Narratives of Scientific Expeditions,” Isis 97 (2006): 683-699.

“Vis viva Revisited,” History of Science 42 (2004): 189-209.

“The Uses of Anonymity in the Age of Reason,” in Scientific Authorship, ed. Mario Biagioli and Peter Galison (Routledge, 2002).

“Fashionable Readers of Natural Philosophy,” in Books and the Sciences in History, ed. Nick Jardine and Marina Frasca-Spada (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

“Metaphysics, Mathematics and the Gendering of Science in France,” in The Sciences in Enlightened Europe, ed. by William Clark, Jan Golinski and Simon Schaffer (University of Chicago Press, 1999).

“Heroic Narratives of Quest and Discovery,” Configurations 6 (1998): 223-242.

“Salon, Academy and Boudoir: Generation and Desire in Maupertuis’s Science of Life,” Isis 87 (1996): 217-229.

“Gendered Spaces, Gendered Audiences: Inside and Outside the Paris Academy of Sciences,” Configurations 3 (1995): 207-232.

“Emilie du Châtelet and the Gendering of Science,” History of Science 33 (1995): 283-310. (Winner of Women in Science Prize, History of Science Society, 1998)

“Representing the Earth’s Shape: The Polemics Surrounding Maupertuis’s Expedition to Lapland,” Isis 83 (1992): 218-237. (Winner of Derek Price Award, History of Science Society, 1994.)

“The Culture of Science in Frederick the Great’s Berlin,” History of Science 28 (1990): 333-364.

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Winter Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- Science/Technology

Seminar: History of Science

2015 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

Seminar: History of Science

2015 Winter Quarter

Topics in History of Science

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2014 Fall Quarter

Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2013 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

Topics in History: Science/Technology

2013 Spring Quarter

Topics in History of Science

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2013 Winter Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2012 Spring Quarter

Topics in History of Science

Topics in History: Science/Technology

2012 Winter Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2011 Spring Quarter

Topics in History of Science

Capstone Seminar: History -- Science/Technology

2010 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2009 Winter Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

2007 Winter Quarter

Topics in History of Science

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2006 Fall Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2006 Spring Quarter

Seminar: History of Science

2006 Winter Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

Seminar: History of Science

2005 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Science/Technology

Topics in History of Science

2004 Fall Quarter

Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2004 Winter Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

Undergraduate Seminar: Science/Technology

Topics in History: Science/Technology

2003 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2003 Winter Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

2002 Spring Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2001 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

2001 Spring Quarter

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2000 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

2000 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2000 Winter Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

1998 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 297B
Seminar: History of Science

2016 Winter Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

HIST 191I
Capstone Seminar: History -- Science/Technology

2016 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

HIST 3A
Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution

2015 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

HIST 297A
Seminar: History of Science

2015 Fall Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

HNRS 124
Midwives, Mothers, and Medicine: Perspectives on History of Childbirth

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

HIST 180A
Topics in History of Science

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 200O
Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST 201O
Topics in History: Science/Technology

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 21A
History of Modern Thought

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 97I
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Science/Technology

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 195C
Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

HIST 197I
Undergraduate Seminar: Science/Technology

2004 Winter Quarter

HIST 197M
Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Spring Quarter