Clay Cansler is the Science History Institute’s editorial director. He previously worked as a journalist and book editor.
Stories from Clay Cansler
Matthew Carey Lea and the Origins of Mechanochemistry
A reclusive expert of 19th-century photography laid the foundation for green chemistry solutions emerging today.
Styrofoam, a Practical and Problematic Creation
The good and bad of an everlasting invention.
Comic books have been wrestling with the consequences of the atomic age for as long as their readers.
Making Sense of Making Meth
Anthropologist Jason Pine offers an up-close view of methamphetamine culture in small-town America.
The Petroleum World
A government oilman maps a hidden realm.
The DDT Collector
In the 1980s Phil Allegretti found an unusual hobby. His collection of old DDT cans, sprayers, and diffusers tells the story of our contradictory approach to pesticides.