History of science, medicine, mathematics
Research: Second Plague Pandemic, smallpox, metrics and systems of records; particularly the processes by which social, political, and scientific communities arrive at a consensus about what is worth measuring, how best to measure and validate measurements, and how to organize information for us and sharing. At the moment I am most interested in the emergence of the concept of risk as quantifiable.
Relevant publications include:
Heitman, K. Authority, autonomy and the first London Bills of Mortality. Centaurus. 2020; 62: 275– 284. https://doi.org/10.1111/1600-0498.12305.