"Forgetting and Remembering Soviet Machine Translation," in preparation.




Tolstoy Sees Foolishness, and Writes: From On Life to Fruits of Enlightenment, and Back Again,” in Inessa Medzhibovskaya, ed., A Critical Guide to Tolstoy’s On Life: Interpretative Essays (DeLand, FL: Tolstoy Studies Journal, 2019): 105-138..

Zhores Medvedev and the Battle for Truth in Soviet Science.” Aeon (6 February 2019).

Ordering the Elements.” Science 363, no. 6426 (1 February 2019): 471-473.


"The Walker and the Wake: Analysis of Non-Intrinsic Philological Isolates," with Joshua T. Katz, in Sean Gurd and Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei, eds., ’Pataphilology: An Irreader(n.p.: Punctum Books, 2018): 61-92.

"Paper Tools and Periodic Tables: Newlands and Mendeleev Draw Grids," Ambix 65, no. 1 (February 2018): 30-51.

"On Detlev Blanke: Beyond Esperanto," Esperantologio/Esperanto Studies 8 (2018): 47-49.

"The Chemist as Philosopher: D. I. Mendeleev's 'The Unit' and 'Worldview,'" in Eric Scerri and Guillermo Restrepo, eds., From Mendeleev to Oganesson: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on the Periodic Table (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018): 266-278.

"Wissenschaftssprache und Exil: Physiker zwischen Englisch und Deutsch in der NS-Zeit," tr. Carsten Fiedler, in Sabine Fiedler and Cyril Brosch, eds., Flucht, Exil, Migration: Sprachliche Herausforderungen (Leipzig: Leipzigeruniversitätsverlag, 2018): 105-118.

"Lysenko Unemployed: Soviet Genetics after the Aftermath," Isis 109, no. 1 (2018): 56-78.


Introduction: Hegemonic Languages and Science," Isis 108, no. 3 (2017): 606-611.

The Problem With Pseudoscience," EMBO Reports 18, no. 9 (2017): 1482-1485.

The Trials of Arnošt K.: The Dark Angel of Dialectical Materialism," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 47, no. 3 (2017): 320-348.


The Dostoevsky Machine in Georgetown:  Scientific Translation in the Cold War,” Annals of Science 73, no. 2 (2016): 208-223.

"Crab Nebulous," in Wendy Doniger, Peter Galison, and Susan Neiman, eds., What Reason Promises: Essays on Reason, Nature, and History (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016): 206-214.

"The Unseasonable Grooviness of Immanuel Velikovsky," in David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray, eds., Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016): 207-237.

Espiritismo ruso: Ciencia y conocimiento público,” tr. Annette Mülberger, in Annette Mülberger, ed., Los límites de la ciencia: Espiritismo, hipnotismo y el studio de los fenómenos paranormales (1850-1930) (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2016): 247-282.


Science, Technology, and Medicine,” in Deborah A. Martinsen and Olga Maiorova, eds., Dostoevsky in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015): 114-121.

"Myth 26: That a Clear Line of Demarcation Has Separated Science from Pseudoscience," in Ronald R. Numbers and Kostas Kampourakis, eds., Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015): 219-225.

"'What a Go-A-Head People They Are!': The Hostile Appropriation of Herbert Spencer in Imperial Russia," in Bernard Lightman, ed., Global Spencerism:  The Communication and Appropriation of a British Evolutionist (Leiden: Brill, 2015): 13-34.

"Hydrogen Oxygenovich: Crafting Russian as a Language of Science in the Late Nineteenth Century," History of Science 53, no. 4 (December 2015): 417-437.

"Introduction: The Languages of Scientists," with Kostas Tampakis, History of Science 53, no. 4 (December 2015): 365-377.

"Foreword," in Jenny Andersson and Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, eds., The Struggle for the Long-Term in Transnational Science and Politics:  Forging the Future (New York:  Routledge, 2015): xi-xv. 

"Chemical Linguistics," Chemistry World (24 June 2015). [web]

"Tongue-Tied Nation," The Chronicle Review (27 March 2015): B4-B5. {web]

"Absolute English," Aeon Magazine (4 February 2015). [Chinese translation, 29 July 2019.]


"Evidence and the Instability of Biology," American Historical Review 119, no. 5 (December 2014): 1621-1629.

The Soviet Science System,” The Point, no. 8 (Summer 2014): 118-127. [web]

Preface,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 44, no. 1 (2014): 1-2.


The Table and the Word:  Translation, Priority, and the Periodic System of Chemical Elements,” Ab Imperio, no. 3 (2013): 53-82.


Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765),” in Steve Norris and Willard Sunderland, eds., Russia’s People of Empire: Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500 to the Present (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012).

Abgrenzung und Demokratie: Die politischen Valenzen der Wissenschaftsgrenze,” tr. Joachim Schulte, in Michael Hagner, ed., Wissenschaft und Demokratie (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2012): 70-87.

The Textbook Case of a Priority Dispute: D. I. Mendeleev, Lothar Meyer, and the Periodic System,” in Jessica Riskin and Mario Biagioli, eds., Nature Engaged: Science in Practice from the Renaissance to the Present (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012): 59-82.

Where Are the Pseudohistory Wars?History News Network (31 December 2012). 

A Repository for More than Anecdote: Fifty Years of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” with Erika Lorraine Milam, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42, no. 5 (November 2012): 476-478.

Separating the Pseudo from Science,” The Chronicle Review (17 September 2012). [Abridged and translated into Finnish by Anna Ovaska as “Miten erottaa ‘pseudo’ ‘tieteestä,’” Niin & Näin 4, no. 75 (2012): 12-15.

History of Science Society Annual Meeting, 2011: The Program,” with Matthew L. Jones, Isis 103 (2012): 356-357.

Translating Textbooks: Russian, German, and the Language of Chemistry,” Isis 103 (2012): 88-98.

The Weekday Chemist: The Training of Aleksandr Borodin,” in Jed Z. Buchwald, ed., A Master of Science History: Essays in Honor of Charles Coulston Gillispie, Archimedes 30 (Berlin: Springer, 2012): 137-164.

Dmitrii Ivanovich Mendeleev (1834-1907),” in Robin Findlay Hendry and Andrea I. Woody, eds., Philosophy of Chemistry, vol. 6 of The Handbook of the Philosophy of Science (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2012): 79-87.

How Lysenkoism Became Pseudoscience: Dobzhansky to Velikovsky,” Journal of the History of Biology 45, no. 3 (2012): 443-468.


‘True GRIT’: Rationalität, nukleare Abrüstung und Semantik,” tr. Felix Kurz, in Bernd Greiner, Tim B. Müller, and Claudia Weber, eds., Macht und Geist im Kalten Krieg: Studien zum Kalten Krieg, v. 5 (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2011): 498-516.

Seeing Is Believing: Professor Vagner’s Wonderful World,” in Lorraine J. Daston and Elizabeth Lunbeck, eds., Histories of Scientific Observation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011): 135-155.


"Introduction: Utopia and Dystopia beyond Space and Time," with Helen Tilley and Gyan Prakash, in Michael Gordin, Helen Tilley, and Gyan Prakash, eds., Utopia/Dystopia: Conditions of Historical Possibility (Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2010): 1-17.


Die Periodentafel oder Atombilder wider Willen,” in Charlotte Bigg and Jochen Hennig, eds., Atombilder: Ikonografien des Atoms in Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit des 20. Jahrhunderts (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2009): 43-50.

U.N. Shifts Strategy for Nuclear Arms Control,” Los Angeles Times (13 October 2009).

To Catch a Bug,” Cabinet, no. 34 (Summer 2009): 89-95.

Points Critical: Russia, Ireland, and Science at the Boundary,” Osiris 24 (2009): 99-119.

Running in Circles: The Heidelberg Kruzhok and the Nationalization of Russian Chemistry,” in Grégoire Mallard, Catherine Paradeise, and Ashveen Peerbaye, eds., Global Science and National Sovereignty: Studies in Historical Sociology of Science (New York: Routledge, 2009): 40-62.


Was There Ever a ‘Stalinist Science’?Kritika 9 (2008): 625-639.

Introduction: Intelligentsia Science Inside and Outside Russia,” co-authored with Karl Hall, in Michael D. Gordin, Karl Hall, and Alexei B. Kojevnikov, eds., Intelligentsia Science, special issue of Osiris 23 (2008): 1-19.

The Heidelberg Circle: German Inflections on the Professionalization of Russian Chemistry in the 1860s,” in Michael D. Gordin, Karl Hall, and Alexei B. Kojevnikov, eds., Intelligentsia Science, special issue of Osiris 23 (2008): 23-49.

Eremeev, Pavel Vladimirovich,” in George N. Ryne, ed., The Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History, 19 (Gulf Breeze, Florida: Academic International Press, 2008): 204-205.


Okhota za prizrakov: Dmitrii Ivanovich Mendeleev i spiritizm [Chasing Ghosts: Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev and Spiritualism]”, tr. E. A. Pravilova and I. A. Khristoforov, Istoricheskie zapiski 10, no. 128 (2007): 251-289.

Science after the Party,” Departures (October 2007).

Without Parallels?: Averting a Schweberian Dystopia,” in Jürgen Renn and Kostas Gavroglu, eds., Positioning the History of Science (Berlin: Springer, 2007): 65-68.

D. I. Mendeleev: Reflecting on His Death in 1907,” Angewandte Chemie 46 (2007): 2758-2765.


“‘Le Premier Cercle’: le Kruzhok de Heidelberg et la nationalisation de la chimie russe,” Sociologie du Travail 48 (2006): 286-307.

Facing the Music: How Original Was Borodin’s Chemistry?Journal of Chemical Education 83 (April 2006): 561-565.

Arduous and Delicate Task: Ekaterina Dashkova, the Academy of Sciences, and the Taming of Natural Philosophy,” in Sue Ann Prince, ed., The Princess and the Patriot: Ekaterina Dashkova, Benjamin Franklin, and the Age of Enlightenment (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2006): 3-22.


Beilstein Unbound: The Pedagogical Unraveling of a Man and His Handbuch,” in David Kaiser, ed., Pedagogy and the Practice of Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2005): 11-39. [Japanese translation by Masanori Kaji, Kagakushi KenkuJournal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry 32 (2005): 217-234.]


The Short Happy Life of Mendeleev’s Periodic Law,” in Dennis H. Rouvray and R. Bruce King, eds., The Periodic Table: Into the 21st Century (Baldock, Hertfordshire: Research Studies Press, Ltd., 2004): 41-90.

Chemistry in Russia and the Soviet Union,” in George N. Ryne, ed., The Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History, Vol. 5 (Gulf Breeze, Florida: Academic International Press, 2004): 213-220.

Navodia mosty: Eiler, Kulibin i tekhnicheskoe znanie [Bridging: Euler, Kulibin, and Technical Knowledge (in Russian)],” authorized translation by E. Kanishcheva, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie (New Literary Review), no. 66 (2004): 180-197.


Beilstein Unbound: Unraveling the Handbuch der Organischen Chemie,” Chemical Heritage 21, no. 4 (Winter 2003/4): 10-11, 32-36.

A Modernization of ‘Peerless Homogeneity’: The Creation of Russian Smokeless Gunpowder,” Technology and Culture 44 (2003): 677-702.

Measure of All the Russias: Metrology and Governance in the Russian Empire,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 4 (2003): 783-815.

Mendeleev, Dmitrii Ivanovich,” in J. L. Heilbron, ed., The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003): 508-509.

‘Ideologically Correct’ Science,” co-authored with Walter Grunden, Mark Walker, and Zuoyue Wang, in Mark Walker, ed., Science and Ideology: A Comparative History (London: Routledge, 2003): 35-65.

The Science of Vodka [letter to the Editor],” The New Yorker (13 January 2003): 7.


The Organic Roots of Mendeleev’s Periodic Law,” Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 32 (2002): 263-290.


Loose and Baggy Spirits: Reading Dostoevskii and Mendeleev,” Slavic Review 60 (2001): 756-780.

‘Ideologisch korrekte’ Wissenschaft: Französische Revolution, Sowjetunion, Nationalsozialismus, Japan im Zweiten Weltkrieg, McCarthy-Ära, Volksrepublik China,” co-authored with Walter Grunden, Mark Walker, and Zuoyue Wang, in Uwe Hoßfeld and Rainer Brömer, eds., Darwinismus und/als Ideologie (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 2001): 29-69.


No Smoking Gun: D. I. Mendeleev and Pyrocollodion Gunpowder,” in Troisièmes Journées Scientifiques Paul Vieille: Instrumentation, expérimentation et expertise des matériaux énergétiques (poudres, explosifs et pyrotechnie) du XVIe siècle à nos jours (Paris: A3P, 2000): 73-96.

Atomic Weapons” and “Dialectical Materialism,” in Arne Hessenbruch, ed., The Reader’s Guide to the History of Science (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000): 55-56, 175-176.

The Importation of Being Earnest: The Early St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences,” Isis 91 (2000): 1- 31. [Excerpted as “The Early St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences,” in Malcolm Oster, ed., Science in Europe, 1500-1800: A Secondary Sources Reader (Basingstoke: Palgrave and the Open University, 2002): 233-242.]


Stanovlenie Sankt-Peterburgskoi Akademii nauk v kontekste razvitiia evropeiskoi traditsii vlasti (The Establishment of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences in the Context of the European Tradition of Power),” in Rossiiskaia Akademiia nauk: 275 let sluzheniia Rossii (The Russian Academy of Sciences: 275 Years of Service for Russia) (Moscow: Ianus-K, 1999): 238-258. (In Russian.)


Making Newtons: Mendeleev, Metrology, and the Chemical Ether,” Ambix 45 (1998): 96-115.


The Anthrax Solution: The Sverdlovsk Incident and the Resolution of a Biological Weapons Controversy,” Journal of the History of Biology 30 (1997): 441-480. [Abridged and translated into Japanese by A. Setoguchi as “Tansokin Ronso no Kaiketsu,” Jinbuchi no Aratana Sogo ni Mukete, Dai-Nikai Hokokusho [Tetsugakuhen 1] (Towards a New Synthesis of Humanities Studies, Second Report, Philosophy 1), (Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, March 2004): 123-147.]