This page collects links that may be useful to SILS students taking courses in the history and philosophy of science. A number of the sites in the first two sections (General sites, Institutions and societies) are themselves collections of links. If you find that one of the links listed below is dead, please let me know. Also if you find a good site that is not included in this list, please tell me about it.

Science and technology news and information

MIT Technology Review

Slasdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters (Computing, science and technology news)

Wired (A magazine on current and future trends in technology)

Scirus: a comprehensive scientific research tool

General sites in history and philosophy of science

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Hist-Analytic (Sources in analytical philosophy containing many on philosophy of science)

PhilSci Pre-print Archive

Internet Resources for History of Science and Technology

Timeline for the history of science and social science

Internet History of Science Sourcebook (Somewhat out of date)

The Royal Historical Society Bibliography (Bibliography for British and Irish history)

Victorian Research Web

Making of America (Sources for American history)

The Philological Museum (Humanist and neo-latin texts on the web)

European Cultural Heritage Online (Contains photographs of many rare European books)

Linda Hall Library, History of Science Collection

Milestones in the history of statistical graphics and data visualization

Cartographic Images

Digitized travel accounts of late medieval and early modern Europe

Gallica (Bibliothèque nationale de France, many full texts available for download)

The World Digital Library (A worldwide initiative to digitize important works)

The Internet Archive (A large resource for books, audio and media clips)

Institutions and societies

University of Wisconsin History of Science and Technology Digital Collection

Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science

The Wellcome Trust (Medical and life sciences)

Institut für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften

The Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science

The ancient period

The Perseus Digital Library (Greco-Roman antiquity)

Mesopotamian Mathematics (Duncan J. Melville)

Archimedes Homepage (Chris Rorres)

Medicina Antiqua (Medicine in the Greco-Roman world)

The Archimedes Palimpsest Project

The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

Ptolemy's Almagest Ephemeris Calculator (Robert Harry van Gent)

The medieval period

A Bibliography of Mathematics in Medieval Islamic Civilization (Jan Hogendijk)

A Bibliography of Science in Islamic Civilization (Muzaffar Iqbal)

Medieval manuscript manual (Western sources)

Resources on medieval Islamic science

Biographies of medieval Islamic astronomers

The medieval science page

Bibliography for the history of western astrology

Astrolabes (James Morrison)

Build your own astrolabe

The modern period

Eighteenth-Century Resources — Science & Mathematics

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical (A searchable electronic index)

Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization


The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

Clark University History of Mathematics Site

The University of Michigan Historical Mathematics Collection

Cornell digital library: Historical Mathematics Monographs

Wilbour Hall (Digital copies of ancient and medieval mathematical texts)

History of Mathematics Sources (David Wilkins)

Bibliography of the Mathematical Sciences in the Medieval Islamic World (Jeff Oaks)

Mesopotamian Mathematics (Duncan J. Melville)

Bibliography of Mesopotamian Mathematics (Eleanor Robson)

Physical sciences

The Archimedes Project (History of mechanics)

Instruments for Natural Philosophy (Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr. )

The Starry Messenger (Electronic History of Astronomy)

Emilio Segrè Visual Archives (Images from the history of physics)

Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image, Smith Collection (Images from the history of chemistry)

Digital Library for Physics and Astronomy (Bibliographic database Astronomy, Physics and Astrophysics)

Classic Chemistry (Key papers in the history of chemistry compiled by Carmen Giunta)

Ancient (Medieval and Early Modern) Planetary Model Animations (Dennis Duke)

Life sciences

Dream Anatomy (Images from the history of medicine)

Buffon et l'histoire naturelle

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

Understanding Evolution (Introduction to evolutionary theory, with some historical topics)

MendelWeb (Gregor Mendel and classical genetics)

Individual figures or works

Ptolemy's Almagest Ephemeris Calculator (Robert Harry van Gent)

Archimedes Homepage (Chris Rorres)

The Robert Boyle Project

Buffon et l'histoire naturelle

Nicholas Copernicus, De revolutionibus (The autograph)

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

The Euler Archive

The Galileo Project

Panopticon Lavoisier

Lavoisier's Friends

The Linnaean Correspondence

Francesco Maurolico

La Mettrie

The Newton Project: Bringing the works of Isaac Newton to life

The Chymistry of Isaac Newton (Francis Galton)

Bibliographic databases

The Waseda University library's webpage provides links to a large number of databases that either have bibliographic information or online sources for academic research. These are made available to all members of the Waseda community and should be accessed by means of the links on the library site (follow the links for "List All" or "すべて見る"). Here I give a selective listing of databases that may be useful for doing research in the history and philosophy of science, with some comments. (If you are researching the history of a particular science, the databases relevant to this science will be useful to you, but they are too numerous for me to list here. )

Historical Abstracts

    Bibliographic database for papers on historical topics. Links to full articles for recent journals to which the library subscribes.

JSTOR - (Journal Storage)

    A digital archive of scholarly journals. A great resource for papers that are at least 5 years old. This is an important resource for most of the witting projects that I assign.

Highwire Press

    A repository of online articles and electric books in many areas of the social, life and health sciences, with some historical and philosophical material as well. (Most of the articles held here are 6-24 months old.)

IBZ Online - International Bibliography of Periodical Literature

    An international and interdisciplinary bibliography of academic periodical literature mainly from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts.


    Bibliography of journals in humanities and social sciences, however, the direct links to articles does not seem to work at the moment. (The site tries to charge for articles that can be downloaded by Waseda students through other means.)

NII-REO (Repository of Electronic Journals and Online Publications)

    Journal articles from Springer, Kluwer, Oxford University Press and IEEE Computer Society.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online

    An online encyclopedia of philosophical topics with good searching and browsing capabilities.

Philosopher's Index

    Bibliographic database for papers (and books) on philosophical topics. Links to full articles for recent journals to which the library subscribes.

Index Islamicus

    Bibliography of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.


    A comprehensive scientific research tool on the web, that contains links to million scientific items indexed at last count - journal content, scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.


    A scientific abstract and citation database provided by Elsevier, with some historical material included. Links to full articles for recent journals to which the library subscribes.

Web of Science

    Multidisciplinary bibliographic database. Links to full articles for recent journals to which the library subscribes.


    American Mathematical Society Mathematical Reviews on the Web. Bibliographic information for the mathematical sciences.

CiNii - National Institute of Informatics

    Bibliography of Japanese sources not readily available through other databases. Links to some full articles.

J-STAGE - Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator

    A bibliographic database for journals and bulletins of academic societies published in Japan


    A bibliographic database for journal articles published in Japan, including some historical and philosophical material. Many full texts available for download.