Suman Seth is the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of the History of Science in the department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD in History from Princeton University in 2003. He is the author of two books: Crafting the Quantum: Arnold Sommerfeld and the Practice of Theory, 1890–1926 (MIT Press, 2010) and Difference and Disease: Medicine, Race, and the Eighteenth-Century British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He is currently co-editing an issue of the journal BJHS Themes with Prof. Erika Milam (Princeton), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man (1871).
Why “Trusting the Science” Is Complicated
Reviewing “On the Fringe,” Suman Seth uses 18th-century theories of putrefaction to show how flimsy the line between science and pseudoscience can be....