Isis is coming to York

We are going to get Isis. Not the Egyptian goddess – the offices of the History of Science Society’s premier, quarterly publication.

Prof. Bernie Lightman (below, right), Division of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, says the History of Science Society Council recently gave overwhelming approval to the move, recommended by the Committee on Publications, adding, “The support of senior administrators at York was a big factor in the positive decision.”

Isis is “the most important history-of-science journal in the world”, says Lightman. It is the society’s flagship publication, founded by George Sarton in 1912 and dedicated to the history of science. It features articles and book reviews covering all fields and time periods in the history of science.

Lightman has been named the next editor of Isis, which has a circulation of 3,700 readers around the world, and Prof. Katherine Anderson, Division of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, has been given the position of Isis book review editor.

In addition, Lightman will be the society editor for the History of Science Society. In that role, he will oversee the annual publication of Osiris, which focuses on a single theme, bringing together original articles by noted and emerging scholars, as well as the Isis Current Bibliography, which annually indexes articles, books and dissertations in the history of science.

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