Alex Csiszar

Assistant Professor of the History of Science

Harvard University

Alex Csiszar is a historian of science and of nineteenth-century Europe — especially France and Britain. He studies the ways in which print media — things like newspapers, journals, books, and card catalogues — have evolved in conjunction with changes in how experts and publics come to know things about the natural world, and in the criteria they use to trust the knowledge claims of others.

He is Assistant Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, and was a resident at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His dissertation, completed in 2010, was called "Broken Pieces of Fact: The Scientific Periodical and the Politics of Search in Nineteenth-Century France and Britain."

He is currently writing a book on the rise of the authoritative scientific journal during the nineteenth century. His other major project is a history of machineries of search. He has a long-standing interest in the life and work of the French mathematician and technocrat Henri Poincaré.