Deborah Coen shows how historians miss a great deal when they rely on the quantitative tools of scientists.
Deborah R. Coen
Deborah R. Coen is a professor of history at Yale University. Her research centers on the relationship between science and democracy, including the politics of climate change. Currently, she is studying the historical roots of operative concepts like “usable” knowledge and “vulnerable” populations. She also writes and teaches about feminism, disasters, and all things Viennese. Her latest book is Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale (2018).
Deborah Coen pushes back against one part of Lorraine Daston’s “Rivals: How Scientists Learned to Cooperate” by arguing that what constitutes...