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  • 1.
    Drakman, Annelie
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Haffenden, Chris
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Levin, Pia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Pettersson, Ingemar
    Humaniora har mer än en roll att spela: Är humaniora lönsamt? Ska det vara lönsamt? Fem doktorander funderar över sin och samhällets framtid2012In: Respons, ISSN 1102-1721, no 6, p. 14-15Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 2. Fernstål, Lotta
    et al.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Minnbergh, Magnus
    Svanberg, Fredrik
    Inledning: Om Sverige i tiden2015In: Sverige i tiden: Historier om ett levande land / [ed] Lotta Fernstål, Petter Hellström, Magnus Minnbergh & Fredrik Svanberg, Stockholm: Historiska museets förlag, 2015, p. 9-15Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Fernstål, Lotta
    et al.
    Statens historiska museer.
    Hellström, PetterUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.Minnbergh, MagnusGlobala gymnasiet.Svanberg, FredrikStatens historiska museer.
    Sverige i tiden: Historier om ett levande land2015Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Hellström, Nils Petter
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    André, Gilles
    4 rue du Presbytère, Athose, 25580 Les Premiers Sapins, France.
    Philippe, Marc
    Université Lyon 1, France.
    Augustin Augier's Botanical Tree: Transcripts and translations of two unknown sources2017In: Huntia, ISSN 0073-4071, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 17-38Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Augustin Augier's "Arbre botanique" (1801) is one of the earliest known family tree diagrams to represent the natural system. As such it is frequently cited in the literature on historical systematics, where it is generally framed as a precursor to later, evolutionary trees. While ignorance concerning the author's identity long complicated efforts at interpreting and placing his tree into context, in the course of our recent establishment of Augier's biography, we discovered two previously unknown writings in which Augier discussed the Botanical tree: a letter he sent to the National Institute in Paris in 1801 and a serialized article he published in Valence in 1809. These texts shed considerable light on how its author intended the Botanical Tree to be used and help to clarify how genealogical metaphors could serve as classificatory resources before the rise of evolutionary theory — and from within an explicitly religious worldview.

  • 5.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Darwin and the Tree of Life: The roots of the evolutionary tree2012In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 234-252Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To speak of evolutionary trees and of the Tree of Life has become routine in evolution studies, despite recurrent objections. Because it is not immediately obvious why a tree is suited to represent evolutionary history - woodland trees do not have their buds in the present and their trunks in the past, for a start - the reason why trees make sense to us is historically and culturally, not scientifically, predicated. To account for the Tree of Life, simultaneously genealogical and cosmological, we must explore the particular context in which Darwin declared the natural order to be analogous to a pedigree, and in which he communicated this vision by recourse to a tree. The name he gave his tree reveals part of the story, as before Darwin's appropriation of it, the Tree of Life grew in Paradise at the heart of God's creation.

  • 6.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Genetic diaspora, genetic return: Reviewing Nadia Abu El-Haj, The genealogical science. The search for Jewish origins and the politics of epistemology, University of Chicago Press, 20122013In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, ISSN 1369-8486, E-ISSN 1879-2499, Vol. 44, no 3, p. 439-442Article, book review (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This essay reviews Nadia Abu El-Haj, The genealogical science. The search for Jewish origins and the politics of epistemology (Chicago, 2012), but also moves beyond the review format to contribute in its own right. Proceeding from Abu El-Haj’s historiography of past scientific investments in Jewish biological difference, as well as her outline of the contemporary research field of “Jewish genetic history”, this essay highlights four issues of wide concern brought out by her case. First, the powerful interplay of scientific and extra-scientific narratives in contemporary science. Second, the epistemological consequences of thinking inheritance in trees and lineages. Third, the limits of self-study in a comparative science such as human population genetics. And fourth, the longevity of the “Jewish question”, which continues to motivate the field.

  • 7.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Historien om Sverige2013In: Ledungen: Aktuellt från Stockholms läns hembygdsförbund, ISSN 0281-3750, no 4, p. 14-16Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 8.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas, History of Science.
    Is there an end to evolution?2017In: Global Intellectual History, ISSN 2380-1883Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Karl XII: Krigarkungens liv efter döden2015In: Sverige i tiden: Historier om ett levande land / [ed] Lotta Fernstål, Petter Hellström, Magnus Minnbergh & Fredrik Svanberg, Stockholm: Historiska museets förlag, 2015, p. 17-31Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Not on the map: Cartographic omission from New England to Palestine2016In: The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077, Vol. 0822Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    An emotional debate has erupted over the absence of Palestine on Google Maps. But why does it matter whether Palestinians are on the map? Historian of science Petter Hellström looks at maps of the colonial era for clues.

  • 11.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Recension av Theodore W. Pietsch, Trees of life. A visual history of evolution, Johns Hopkins University Press, 20122013In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 310-311Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Recension av Nadia Abu El-Haj, The genealogical science. The search for Jewish origins and the politics of epistemology, Chicago University Press, 2012.2013In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 289-290Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Review of J. David Archibald, Aristotle's ladder, Darwin's tree. The evolution of visual metaphors for biological order, Columbia University Press, 20142015In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 378-379Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Review of Nick Hopwood, Haeckel’s embryos. Images, evolution, and fraud, Chicago University Press, 20152016In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 43, no 2, p. 367-368Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Review of: PIETSCH, T. W. Trees of life. A visual history of evolution. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore: 2012.2013In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 184-185Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    The great chain of ideas: The past and future of the history of ideas, or why we should not return to Lovejoy2016In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 179-188Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    The tree as evolutionary icon: TREE in the Natural History Museum, London2011In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 38, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As part of the Darwin celebrations in 2009, the Natural History Museum in London unveiled TREE, the first contemporary artwork to win a permanent place in the Museum. While the artist claimed that the inspiration for TREE came from Darwin's famous notebook sketch of branching evolution, sometimes referred to as his "tree of life" drawing, this article emphasises the apparent incongruity between Darwin's sketch and the artist's design -- best explained by other, complementary sources of inspiration. In the context of the Museum's active participation in struggles over science and religion, the effect of the new artwork is contradictory. TREE celebrates Darwinian evolutionism, but it resonates with deep-rooted, mythological traditions of tree symbolism to do so. This complicates the status of the Museum space as one of disinterested, secular science, but it also contributes, with or without the intentions of the Museum's management, to consolidate two sometimes conflicting strains within the Museum's history. TREE celebrates human effort, secular science and reason -- but it also evokes long-standing mythological traditions to inspire reverence and remind us of our humble place in the world.

  • 18.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    The tree of life: With Darwin from Genesis to genomics2016In: The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077, Vol. 0419Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    A new “tree of life” has prompted a re-evaluation of our place in evolution. But why are these diagrams named after the tree in the biblical Garden of Eden?

  • 19.
    Hellström, Petter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Trees of Knowledge: Science and the Shape of Genealogy2019Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates early employments of family trees in the modern sciences, in order to historicise their iconic status and now established uses, notably in evolutionary biology and linguistics. Moving beyond disciplinary accounts to consider the wider cultural background, it examines how early uses within the sciences transformed family trees as a format of visual representation, as well as the meanings invested in them.

    Historical writing about trees in the modern sciences is heavily tilted towards evolutionary biology, especially the iconic diagrams associated with Darwinism. Trees of Knowledge shifts the focus to France in the wake of the Revolution, when family trees were first put to use in a number of disparate academic fields. Through three case studies drawn from across the disciplines, it investigates the simultaneous appearance of trees in natural history, language studies, and music theory. Augustin Augier’s tree of plant families, Félix Gallet’s family tree of dead and living languages, and Henri Montan Berton’s family tree of chords served diverse ends, yet all exploited the familiar shape of genealogy.

    While outlining how genealogical trees once constituted a more general resource in scholarly knowledge production—employed primarily as pedagogical tools—this study argues that family trees entered the modern sciences independently of the evolutionary theories they were later made to illustrate. The trees from post-revolutionary France occasionally charted development over time, yet more often they served to visualise organic hierarchy and perfect order. In bringing this neglected history to light, Trees of Knowledge provides not only a rich account of the rise of tree thinking in the modern sciences, but also a pragmatic methodology for approaching the dynamic interplay of metaphor, visual representation, and knowledge production in the history of science.

  • 20.
    Hellström, Petter
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas, History of Science.
    André, Gilles
    76 Rue Hurepoix, F-91470 Limours, France.
    Philippe, Marc
    Univ Lyon 1, CNRS, CMR LEHNA 5023, F-69622 Villeurbanne, France.
    Life and works of Augustin Augier de Favas (1725–1825), author of 'Arbre botanique' (1801)2017In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 43-62Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Augustin Augier's “Arbre botanique” (“botanical tree”) (1801), a diagram representing the natural order of plants in the shape of a family tree, is today a standard reference in histories of systematics and phylogenetic trees. The previously unidentified author was a nobleman from Saint-Tropez, a schoolteacher and a priest in the Société de l'Oratoire de Jésus et de Marie immaculée. His biography and two previously unnoticed publications, as well as his correspondence with the Institut national in Paris, are discussed. Knowledge of Augier's identity, his life and works sheds new light upon his taxonomic theories, and helps us to understand his “Arbre botanique”. Long before the tree was made into an icon of evolutionism, Augier used it to demonstrate the beauty and perfect order of divine creation.

  • 21.
    Hellström, Petter
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Svanberg, Fredrik
    Statens historiska museer.
    Krigarkonungen och kåldolmarna2013In: Svenska Dagbladet (Under strecket), ISSN 1101-2412Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Karl XII har gjorts till symbol för nationalism, rasism och nazism, men hans tid i det muslimska Turkiet vittnar snarare om kulturell öppenhet. Ett resultat av kungens turkiska allians var den svenska kåldolmen.

  • 22.
    Holmqvist, Bosse
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Hellström, PetterUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.Levin, PiaUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria2013Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Holmqvist, Bosse
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Hellström, PetterUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.Levin, PiaUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria2014Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Holmqvist, Bosse
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Hellström, PetterUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.Levin, PiaUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Holmqvist, Bosse
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Hellström, PetterUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.Levin, PiaUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria2015Collection (editor) (Other academic)
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