About

The Centre for Science Studies was founded 1965 by professor pf physics Olaf Pedersen as the Department for the History of the Exact Sciences. Since 2014, it is part of the Department of Mathematics.

The Centre offers a Master's degree in Science Studies and teaches mandatory philosophy of science courses to undergraduate students at the Science and Technology Faculty.

The Centre's research is in the philosophy of science, science communication, and the history of science and technology. 

Philosophy of science:

  • Social epistemology, esp. scientific authorship, collaboration, and publication,
  • The philosophy of Thomas S. Kuhn,
  • History and Philosophy of Science, especially theoretical virtues and novelty in theory choice, theory-ladenness and rationality,
  • Scientific explanation,
  • Metaphilosophy: intuitions as evidence, the historical case study approach.  

 Science communication

  • Public understanding of science and public engagement in science
  • Media representations of science
  • Citizen science
  • Historical studies of popular science

 History of science and technology

  • 19th and 20th centuries with a focus on the physical sciences, especially, physics, chemistry, astronomy and atmospheric, climate and environmental sciences
  • History of energy technologies
  • History of scientific expeditions
  • Science and technology (and science education) in Cold War settings
  • Environmental history 

The Centre also publishes Research Publications in Science Studies (RePoSS).