Fellows' Presentation

The Truth Wears Off? The Reproducibility Crisis in Historical Perspective

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Part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Nicole C. Nelson RI '19

Free and open to the public.


During her fellowship year, Nicole C. Nelson is beginning a new project on the “reproducibility crisis,” a recent phenomenon where scientists have found many supposedly stable findings to be difficult to replicate on subsequent investigation. Using a combination of historical and ethnographic methods, she will map out the origins of this crisis and examine how scientists’ assumptions about stability and variation shape their perceptions of this crisis. More broadly, she aims to contribute to both scholarly and public discussions on notions of scientific fact, connecting scientists’ concerns about reproducibility with current discussions about post-truth politics.