The Lone Star History of Science Group

The Lone Star History of Science Group is pretty much what it sounds like—a loose-knit and very informal organization of historians of science, technology, and medicine from around the state of Texas. It was founded in Austin in March 1988 and each year since then, around bluebonnet time in March or April, the group has gathered in one or another Texas city (usually Austin, Houston, or College Station) to hear a talk, enjoy dinner together, and get to know each other a little better. The longevity of the Lone Star Group probably owes a lot to its simplicity: on its founding, its members agreed that the "organization" would have no by-laws, officers, or dues, and it still gets along very well without them.

Our next meeting will be on 6 April 2018 at Texas State University in San Marcos, where Don Olson of the Physics Department at Texas State will speak on on "Astronomy in Art, History, and Literature." Professor Olson, the author of Celestial Sleuth (2014) and Further Adventures of the Celestial Sleuth (2018), is well known for the inventive way he has used astronomical evidence to solve persistent mysteries in history, art, and literature. We anticipate a fascinating presentation, to be followed by lively discussion and then dinner at a San Marcos restaurant. Karl Stephan of Texas State is handling local arrangements; we expect the meeting to begin around 4 pm, and we will post details about the exact location and the like once they are settled.

For a list of past meetings, with the date, city, site, speaker, topic, and where we went to dinner, click on the "Past Meetings" tab above. Most of the dates also include a link to the account of the meeting published in the History of Science Society Newsletter, often with a photo of the assembled group. We're also gradually adding other photos, which you can find by clicking the "Photographs" tab above. 

Anyone interested in being added to the e-mail list for the Lone Star Group (and that's all it takes to be considered a member in good standing) should contact Bruce Hunt at the University of Texas: