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Michael D Gordin
Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University

Michael D Gordin is the Rosengarten professor of modern and contemporary history and director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University in New Jersey. His latest book is A Well Ordered-Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table (revised edition, 2019).

Written by Michael D Gordin

Essay/
Cultures and languages
Absolute English

Science once communicated in a polyglot of tongues, but now English rules alone. How did this happen – and at what cost?

Michael D Gordin