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Edited By: Ida Stamhuis

Online ISSN: 1600-0498

Associated Title(s): Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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The 1931 International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in London is best known for the delivery of the paper on Newton's Principia by Boris Hessen. The Special Session in which the Russians read their papers, far from being a platform for Marxist history of science, ultimately became the stage for the public humiliation of the Soviet delegates. Read more in Five Tourniquets and a Ship's Bell (Chivers 2015 (57) 61-95).

'Scuffles, Scoops and Scams' comprises the nucleus of the dossier dedicated to 'The Construction of Prehistoric Knowledge in Newspapers.' They offer sensational news about our origins, and provide the human drama of success and failure of the researchers. They feature large egos involved in violent clashes and tell stories of fraud and exposure. The field of human origins research may be considered one of the most instructive cases to demonstrate the inadequacy of the traditional top-down-model in scientific communication. This special issue aims at taking a principled and systematic look at this intimate connection between prehistory and the press.