Angela Saini's Superior: The Return of Race Science is a fine read on the history of race science and its guises over the centuries. Perhaps I'll do a proper recap at some point, but here are some stray observations I want to collect:
Since science is performed by human beings, it is informed by human culture and prejudices, especially when it concerns the questions we ask and how we test them.
By the above, science cannot occur in platonic isolation; it is inevitably part of a longer conversation about culture and history and values.
Race science, in particular, seems to emerge from a preoccupation with self and other, i.e. not just who we are but how we relate to them.
There's much more I want to think about and unpack in this book, but this will do for now.