Leviathan & the Airpump Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985, New Edition 2011) (with Simon Schaffer).
A Social History of Truth A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994).
scientific revolution The Scientific Revolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996; second edition, with new Bibliographic Essay, 2018.). 
Wetenschap is cultuur Wetenschap is cultuur, trans. Fred Hendriks (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Balans, 2005) (with Simon Schaffer).
The Scientific Life The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).
Never Pure Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture, and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).


Edited Books

Natural Order: Historical Studies of Scientific Culture (London & Beverly Hills: Sage, 1979) (with Barry Barnes).

Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998) (with Christopher Lawrence).



The Rise and Rise of Creativity,” Aeon (12 October 2020)

Breakfast at Buck’s: Informality, Intimacy, and Innovation in Silicon Valley,” Osiris, 35 (2020), 324-347.

Is There a Crisis of Truth?” Los Angeles Review of Books (2 December 2019)

Making Art/Discovering Science,” KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge, 2, no. 2 (Fall 2018), 177-205.

Why Was ‘Custom a Second Nature’ in Early Modern Medicine?” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 93 (2019), 1-26.

Weber’s Science as a Vocation: A Moment in the History of ‘Is’ and ‘Ought’,” Journal of Classical Sociology, 19 (2019), 290-307

Was Luigi Cornaro a Dietary Expert?,” Journal of the History of Medicine 73 (2018), pp. 135-149.

Invisible Science,” The Hedgehog Review, xviii, no. 3 (Fall 2016), pp. 34-46.

A Taste of Science: Making the Subjective Objective in the California Wine World,” Social Studies of Science, xlvi (2016), 436-460.

Figures de scientifiques” in Histoire des sciences et des savoirs, Vol. 3: Le siècle des technosciences (depuis 1914) (Paris: Le Seuil, 2015), pp. 27-45 (trans. Cyril Le Roy).

Kuhn’s Structure: A Moment in Modern Naturalism,” in Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions - 50 Years On, eds William J. Devlin and Alisa Bokulich, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, Vol. 311 (Zürich: Springer-Verlag, 2015), pp. 11-21.

The Virtue of Scientific Thinking,” Boston Review, xl, no. 1 (January-February 2015), 32-39

"You Are What You Eat’: Historical Changes in Ideas about Food and Identity,” Historical Research 87 (2014), pp. 377-392.

The Tastes of Wine: Towards a Cultural History,” Rivista di Estetica n.s. 51 (2012), pp. 49-94.

The Ivory Tower: The History of a Figure of Speech and Its Cultural Uses,” The British Journal for the History of Science 45 (2012), pp. 1-27.

The Sciences of Subjectivity,” Social Studies of Science 42 (2012), pp. 170-184.

Changing Tastes: How Foods Tasted in the Early Modern Period and How They Taste Now, The Hans Rausing Lecture 2011, Salvia Småskrifter, No. 14 (Uppsala: Tryck Wikströms, for the University of Uppsala, 2011), pp. 47.

Who’s an Authority on Nutrition Science?The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine (posted 21 October 2010)

The Scientist in, (Posted November 20, 2008)

"Science and the Modern World," in The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 3rd Ed., eds Edward Hackett, Olga Amsterdamska, Michael Lynch, and Judy Wajcman (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007), pp. 433-448.

"Expertise, Common Sense, and the Atkins Diet," in Public Science in Liberal Democracy, ed. Peter W. B. Phillips (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), pp. 174-193.

"The Man of Science,” in The Cambridge History of Science. Vol. 3: Early Modern Science, eds Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 179-191.

"Hyper-Professionalism and the Crisis of Readership in the History of Science,” Isis 96 (2005), pp. 238-243.

"Science," in New Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, eds Tony Bennett, Larry Grossberg, and Meaghan Morris (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 314-317.

"Who is the Industrial Scientist? Commentary from Academic Sociology and from the Shop-Floor in the United States, ca. 1900-ca. 1970," in The Science–Industry Nexus: History, Policy, Implications, Nobel Symposium 123, eds Karl Grandin, NinaWormbs, and Sven Widmalm (Canton, MA: Science History Publications, 2004), pp. 337-363.

"The Way We Trust Now: The Authority of Science and the Character of the Scientist," in Pervez Hoodbhoy, Daniel Glaser, and Steven Shapin, Trust Me, I'm a Scientist (London: The British Council, 2004), pp. 42-63.

"The Image of the Man of Science," in The Cambridge History of Science: Vol. 4. Eighteenth-Century Science, ed. Roy Porter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 159-183.

"Trusting George Cheyne: Scientific Expertise, Common Sense, and Moral Authority in Early Eighteenth-Century Dietetic Medicine," Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 77 (2003), pp. 263-297.

"How to Eat Like a Gentleman: Dietetics and Ethics in Early Modern England," in Right Living: An Anglo-American Tradition of Self-Help Medicine and Hygiene, ed. Charles E. Rosenberg (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 21-58.

"Proverbial Economies: How an Understanding of Some Linguistic and Social Features of Common Sense Can Throw Light on More Prestigious Bodies of Knowledge, Science For Example," Social Studies of Science, 31 (2001), pp. 731-769.

"Who Was J. Robert Oppenheimer? Charisma and Complex Organization," Social Studies of Science, 30 (2000), pp. 545-590 [with Charles Thorpe].

"Descartes the Doctor: Rationalism and Its Therapies," The British Journal for the History of Science, 33 (2000), pp. 131-154.

"How to be Antiscientific," in The One Culture? A Conversation about Science, eds Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), pp. 99-115.

"Science and Prejudice" (published in German as "Vorurteilsfreie Wissenschaft und Gute Gesellschaft: Zur Geschichte eines Vorurteil,"), Transit: Europäische Revue, 16 (Winter 1998/99), pp. 51-63.

"Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Talking about Truth," Configurations, 7 (1999), pp. 1-14.

"The Philosopher and the Chicken: On the Dietetics of Disembodied Knowledge," in Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge, eds Christopher Lawrence and Steven Shapin (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 21-50.

"Placing the View from Nowhere: Historical and Sociological Problems in the Location of Science," Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, n.s. 23 (1998), pp. 5-12.

"Cordelia's Love: Credibility and the Social Studies of Science," Perspectives on Science, 3 (1995), pp. 255-275.

"Here and Everywhere: Sociology of Scientific Knowledge," Annual Review of Sociology, 21 (1995), pp. 289-321.

"Discipline and Bounding: The History and Sociology of Science as Seen through the Externalism-Internalism Debate," History of Science, 30 (1992), pp. 333-369.

"A Scholar and a Gentleman: The Problematic Identity of the Scientific Practitioner in Early Modern England," History of Science, 24 (1991), pp. 279-327.

"The Mind is Its Own Place: Science and Solitude in Seventeenth-Century England," Science in Context, 4 (1991), pp. 191-218.

"Science and the Public," in Companion to the History of Modern Science, eds R. C. Olby et al. (London: Routledge, 1990), pp. 990-1007.

"The Invisible Technician," American Scientist, 77 (November-December 1989), pp. 554-563.

"Who was Robert Hooke?" in Robert Hooke: New Studies, eds Michael Hunter and Simon Schaffer (Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 1989), pp. 253-285.

"Understanding the Merton Thesis,” Isis 79 (1988), pp. 594-605.

"House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England," Isis, 77 (1988), pp. 373-404.

"Pump and Circumstance: Robert Boyle’s Literary Technology," Social Studies of Science 14 (1984), 481-520.

"History of Science and Its Sociological Reconstructions," History of Science, 20 (1982), pp. 157-211.

"Of Gods and Kings: Natural Philosophy and Politics in the Leibniz-Clarke Disputes,” Isis 77 (1981), pp. 187-215.

"The Politics of Observation: Cerebral Anatomy and Social Interests in the Edinburgh Phrenology Disputes," in On the Margins of Science: The Social Construction of Rejected Knowledge, ed. Roy Wallis, Sociological Review Monographs, vol. xxvii (Keele: Keele University Press, 1979), pp. 139-178.

"Science, Nature, and Control: Interpreting Mechanics' Institutes," Social Studies of Science, 7 (1977), pp. 31-74 [with Barry Barnes].

"Head and Hand: Rhetorical Resources in British Pedagogical Writing, 1770-1850," Oxford Review of Education, 2 (1976), pp. 231-254 [with Barry Barnes].

The New Yorker

Seeing the Spectrum [on autism], The New Yorker (25 January 2016), pp. 65-69.

The Man Who Forgot Everything” (on amnesia), The New Yorker (15 October 2013).

"Cancer World" (on the history of the disease), The New Yorker (8 November 2010), pp. 78-83.

"Man With a Plan" (on Herbert Spencer), The New Yorker (13 August 2007), pp. 75-79.

"What Else Is New?" (on the history of technology), The New Yorker (14 May 2007), pp. 144-148.

"Vegetable Love" (on the history of vegetarianism), The New Yorker (22 January 2007), pp. 80-84.

"Sick City" (on cholera and the history of epidemiology), The New Yorker (6 November 2006), pp. 110-115.

"Paradise Sold" (on the politics of eating), The New Yorker (15 May 2006), pp. 84-88.

"Eat and Run" (on obesity), The New Yorker (16 January 2006), pp. 76-82.

"Liquid Assets" (on the history of drinking), The New Yorker (1 August 2005), pp. 80-82.

"Cleanup Hitters" (on steroids), The New Yorker (18 April 2005), pp. 191-194.


London Review of Books

"Loose Talk" [Alex Wellerstein, Restricted Data: The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States], London Review of Books, Vol. 43 No. 21 (4 November 2021).

Drain the Swamps” [Timothy Winegard, The Mosquito], London Review of Books, 42, no. 11 (4 June 2020), pp. 52-56.

Keep Him as a Curiosity” [Toby Musgrave, The Multifarious Mr. Banks], London Review of Books, 42, no. 16 (13 August 2020), pp. 4-5, 7-8, 10.

The Cinderella Molecule,” [Venki Ramakrishnan, Gene Machine], London Review of Books, 41, no. 2 (24 January 2019), pp. 19-20.

"Think Like a Neutron” [David Schwartz, The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age], London Review of Books, 40, no. 10 (10 May 2018), pp. 13-15.

Bare Bones” [Juan Pimentel, The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium], London Review of Books, 40, no. 5 (8 March 2018), pp. 25-26.

The Superhuman Upgrade” [Yuval Harari, Homo Deus], London Review of Books, 39, no. 14 (13 July 2017), pp. 29-31.

More than Machines” [Jessica Riskin, The Restless Clock], London Review of Books, 38, no. 23 (1 December 2016), pp. 15-20.

What Do You Mean by a Lie?” [Nick Hopwood, Haeckel’s Embryos], London Review of Books, 38, no. 9 (5 May 2016), pp. 35-37.

Confusion of Tongues” [Michael Gordin, Scientific Babel], London Review of Books, 37, no. 23 (3 December 2015), pp. 23-26.

"Pretense for Prattle" [Markman Ellis, Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger, Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the WorldLondon Review of Books, 37 no. 15 (30 July 2015), pp. 17-18

Libel on the Human Race” [Robert Mayhew, Malthus], London Review of Books, 36, no. 11 (5 June 2014), pp. 26-29.

How Worried Should We Be?” [Eric Schlosser, Command and Control], London Review of Books, 36, no. 2 (23 January 2014), pp. 20-23.

Fat Man” [Graham Farmelo, Churchill’s Bomb], London Review of Books, 35, no. 18 (26 September 2013), pp. 36-39.

Catastrophism” [Michael Gordin, The Pseudoscience Wars], London Review of Books, 34, no. 21 (8 November 2012), pp. 35-38.

"Plus or Minus One Ear" [Robert Crease, World in the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement], London Review of Books, 34, no. 16 (30 August 2012), pp. 8-10.

An Example of the Good Life” [Mary Jo Nye, Michael Polanyi and His Generation], London Review of Books, 33, no. 24 (15 December 2011), pp. 23-25.

Gutted” [Ian Miller, A Modern History of the Stomach], London Review of Books, 33, no. 13 (30 June 2011), pp. 15-17.

What’s Your Dust Worth?” [Norman Cantor, After We Die], London Review of Books, 33, no. 8 (14 April 2011), pp. 10-12.

"Good Housekeeping" [Ted McCormick, William Petty and the Ambitions of Political Arithmetic], London Review of Books, 33, no. 2 (20 January 2011), pp. 17-19.

Uncle of the Bomb” [K. C. Cole, Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens [on Frank Oppenheimer], London Review of Books, 32, no. 18 (23 September 2010), pp. 12-14.

Down to the Last Cream Puff” [Michael Steinberger, Au Revoir to All That], London Review of Books, 32, no. 15 (5 August 2010), pp. 3-6.

"The Darwin Show" [An extended essay on the events of “Darwin Year” 2009], London Review of Books, 32, no. 1 (7 January 2010), pp. 3, 5-7.

"Against the Pussyfoots" [George Saintsbury, Notes on a Cellar-Book], London Review of Books, 31, no. 17 (10 September 2009), pp. 32-33.

"Abishag's Revenge" [D. B. Haycock, Mortal Coil], London Review of Books, 31, no. 6 (26 March 2009), pp. 29-31.

"Species Mongers" [J. Endersby, Imperial Nature], London Review of Books, 30, no. 22 (20 November 2008), pp. 21-23.

"I’m a Surfer" [J. Craig Venter, A Life Decoded], London Review of Books, 30, no. 6 (20 March 2008), pp. 5-8.

"Floating Medicine Chests" [H. Cook, Matters of Exchange], London Review of Books, 30, no. 3 (7 February 2008), pp. 30-31.

"Possessed by the Idols" [D. Wootton, Bad Medicine], London Review of Books, 28, no. 23 (30 November 2006), pp. 31-33.

"When Men Started Doing It" [B. Buford, Heat], London Review of Books, 28, no. 16 (17 August 2006), pp. 3-5.

"At the Amsterdam" [B. Cowan, The Social Life of Coffee and M. Ellis, Coffee: A Cultural History], London Review of Books, 28, no. 8 (20 April 2006), pp. 12-14.

"Tod aus Luft" [D. Charles, Between Genius and Genocide], London Review of Books, 28, no. 2 (26 January 2006), pp. 7-8.

"What Did You Expect?" [A. Smith, Moondust], London Review of Books, 27, no. 17 (1 September 2005), pp. 31-32.

"Milk and Lemon" [R. Feynman, Letters], London Review of Books, 27, no. 13 (7 July 2005), pp. 10-13.

"Hedonistic Fruit Bombs" [R. Parker, Bordeaux, Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide and J. Nossiter, Mondovino], London Review of Books, 27, no.3 (3 February 2005), pp. 30-32.

"The Great Neurotic Art" [R. Atkins, Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution and others], London Review of Books, 27, no. 15 (5 August 2004), pp. 16-18.

"Talking with Alfred" [J. Conant, Tuxedo Park], London Review of Books, 27, no. 8 (15 April 2004), pp. 20-22.

"Cheese and Late Modernity" [P. Boisard, Camembert: A National Myth], London Review of Books, 25, no. 22 (20 November 2003), pp. 11-12, 14-15.

"Ivory Trade" [D. Bok, Universities in the Marketplace and H. Etzkowitz, MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science], London Review of Books, 25, no. 17 (11 September 2003), pp. 15-19.

"Rough Trade" [S. Inwood, The Man Who Knew Too Much: The Strange and Inventive Life of Robert Hooke], London Review of Books, 25, no. 5 (6 March 2003), pp. 14-16.

"One Peculiar Nut" [R. Watson, Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of René Descartes], London Review of Books, 25, no. 2 (23 January 2003), pp. 17-18.

"Barbecue of the Vanities" [K. Albala, Eating Right in the Renaissance and M. Nestle, Food Politics], London Review of Books, 29, no. 16 (22 August 2002), pp. 21-23.

"Megaton Man" [E. Teller, Memoirs], London Review of Books, 29, no. 8 (25 April 2002), pp. 18-20.

"Dear Prudence" [S. Toulmin, Return to Reason], London Review of Books, 29, no. 2 (24 January 2002), pp. 25-27.

"Guests in the President’s House" [D. Greenberg, Science, Money, and Politics], London Review of Books, 23, no. 20 (18 October 2001), pp. 3, 6-7.

"A Man’s Man’s World" [A. Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential], London Review of Books, 22, no. 23 (30 November 2000), pp. 19-20.

"Don’t Let That Crybaby in Here Again" [S. Schweber, In the Shadow of the Bomb and M. Palevsky, Atomic Fragments], London Review of Books, 22, no. 17 (7 September 2000), pp. 15-16.

"Fat is a Manifest Tissue" [A. Guerrini, Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment], London Review of Books, 22, no. 15 (10 August 2000), pp.34-35.

"Trust Me" [P. Rabinow, French DNA], London Review of Books, 22, no. 9 (27 April 2000), pp. 15-17.

"Scientific Antlers" [D. Kevles, The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science and Character], London Review of Books, 21 No. 5 (4 March 1999), pp. 27-28.

"Nobel Savage" [K. Mullis, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field], London Review of Books, 21, no. 13 (1 July 1999), pp. 17-18.

Sailing Scientist” [A. Cook, Edmond Halley], London Review of Books, 20, no. 13 (2 July 1998), pp. 12-13.

Other Essays

A Theorist of (Not Quite) Everything” [David Cahan, Helmholtz: A Life in Science], New York Review of Books, 66, no. 15 (10 October 2019), pp. 29-31. 

Château Neuro” [Gordon Shepherd, Neuroenology}, Los Angeles Review of Books (30 December 2016).

Flights of Fancy” [Richard Holmes, Falling Upwards], Harper’s Magazine, 328, no. 1964 (January 2014), pp. 82-88.

Enlightenment: It’s What’s for Dinner,” [E. C. Spary, Eating the Enlightenment], Los Angeles Review of Books (10 March 2013).

The Tines They are A-changin’: A History of Table Technology” [Bee Wilson, Consider the Fork], Harper’s Magazine, 326, no. 1952 (January 2013), pp. 68-72.

People Who Eat People[Catalin Avramescu, An Intellectual History of Cannibalism], Los Angeles Review of Books (7 March 2012).

Selected Interviews

An Interview with Steven Shapin" [in connection with The Scientific Life]” University of Chicago Press (2008),

How to Think about SciencePart 1Part 16 [interviews with Paul Kennedy for Canadian Broadcasting Company ‘Ideas’ series (2012),/span>

Wicked Fat: Harvard Historian of Science Steven Shapin on the Nutrition Wars”: interview on dietary science with The Breakthrough Institute, 9 March 2015