Below you will find the Focus sections from the most recent issues of Isis. The Focus sections are designed to attract readers in all areas of the field by dealing with themes that cut across chronological boundaries. Originally they were intended as tools for scholars who wished to explore new perspectives in the history of science. But they have proven to be valuable teaching tools as well and we therefore decided to make them more widely accessible.

March 2013, 104:1
Focus: The Future of the History of Science

December 2012, 103:4
Focus: Listmania

September 2012, 103:3
Focus: Applied Science

June 2012, 103:2
Focus: Follow the Money: Networks, Peers, and Patronage in the History of Science

March 2012, 103:1
Focus: Focus: Textbooks in the Sciences

December 2011, 102:4
Focus: The History of Scientific Instruments

September 2011, 102:3
Focus: The History of Science and the History of Mathematics

June 2011, 102:2
Focus: Alchemy and the History of Science

March 2011, 102:1
Focus: Between and Beyond “Histories of Science” and “Histories of Medicine”

December 2010, 101:4
Focus: Performing Science

September 2010, 101:3
Focus: History of Science and Literature and Science: Convergences and Divergences

June 2010, 101:2
Focus: New Perspectives on Science and the Cold War

March 2010, 101:1
Focus: Global Histories of Science

December 2009, 100:4
Focus: The Emotional Economy of Science

September 2009, 100:3
Focus: Darwin as a Cultural Icon

June 2009, 100:2
Focus: Historicizing “Popular Science”

March 2009, 100:1
Focus: 100 Volumes of Isis: The Vision of George Sarton

December 2008, 99:4
Focus: Laboratory History

September 2008, 99:3
Focus: Counterfactuals and the Historian of Science

June 2008, 99:2
Focus: What is the Value of History of Science?

March 2008, 99:1
Focus: Changing Directions in History and Philosophy of Science