Video feature: Hepler-Smith examines origins of chemical names

In studying the origins of the complex system for naming chemical compounds, Evan Hepler-Smith examines the fundamental ways in which scientific knowledge is made.

Hepler-Smith, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been a doctoral student in the Program in History of Science since 2010. His dissertation, titled "Nominally Rational: Systematic Nomenclature and the Structure of Organic Chemistry, 1889-1940," examines the history and impact of the International Commission on Chemical Nomenclature, which established the framework for naming chemical compounds. (Read more.)