A Companion to the History of Science
Divided into four sections based on key analytic categories that reflect new approaches in the field
Bernard Lightman is Professor of Humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, former Editor of the journal Isis , and Vice-Presdent and President Elect of the History of Science Society. Professor Lightman has published over 50 articles and is the author of The Origins of Agnosticism (1987) and Victorian Popularizers of Science (2007). He is also editor or co-editor of several collections: Victorian Science in Context (1997), Science in the Marketplace (2007), and Victorian Scientific Naturalism (2014). In addition, he is the series editor of Science and Culture in the Nineteeth Century .
A Companion to the History of Science
About the Contributors
Jim Bennett is Keeper Emeritus at the Science Museum, London. He was formerly Director of the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford. He has published on the history of instruments, of astronomy and of practical mathematics from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Charlotte Bigg is a researcher at the CNRS, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris. She has published widely on scientific images and visual cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has co-edited The Heavens on Earth: Observatories and Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century (Duke University Press, 2010) and Atombilder. Ikonografie des Atoms in Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit des 20. Jahrhunderts (Wallstein Verlag, 2009). She is currently preparing Astronomy and Photography , to appear in Reaktion Books' Exposure series.
Jimena Canales holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science at University of Illinois-UC and was previously Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University. She is the author of The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate that Changed Our Understanding of Time (Princeton University Press, 2015) and A Tenth of a Second: A History (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and has published widely on science, technology, art, and philosophy.
Valérie Chansigaud is a researcher associated with SPHERE laboratory (University Paris-Diderot-CNRS). She studies the relation between human beings and wild nature. She has published several books of the history of ornithology, naturalist illustration, and protection of nature. Her last book, L'Homme et la Nature (Delachaux et Niestlé, 2013), has been given the Prix Léon de Rosen of the Académie française.
Peter Dear teaches the history of science and science studies at Cornell University. He is the author of Revolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions 1500-1700 (2nd ed., Princeton University Press, 2009).
Marwa Elshakry is Associate Professor in the History Department at Columbia University. She is the author of Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and co-editor, with Sujit Sivasundaram, of Science, Race and Imperialism , volume 6 of Victorian Literature and Science (Pickering & Chatto, 2012).
Diarmid A. Finnegan is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography, Archaeology, and Palaeoecology at Queen's University, Belfast, United Kingdom. His research interests center on the cultural geography of science and religion in the nineteenth century. His work includes the book Natural History Societies and Civic Culture in Victorian Scotland (Routledge, 2009) as well as several articles on scientific culture in Victorian Britain and Ireland.
Aileen Fyfe is Reader in Modern British History at the University of St. Andrews. Her research interests lie in the communication and popularization of the sciences. She is author of Science and Salvation (University of Chicago Press, 2004) and Steam-Powered Knowledge (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and co-editor of Science in the Marketplace (University of Chicago Press, 2007). She is currently leading a major research project "Publishing the Philosophical Transactions : The economic, social and cultural history of a learned journal 1665-2015."
Anita Guerrini is Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History at Oregon State University. Trained in the history of science, she has written on the history of experimenting, animals, medicine, food, and the environment. Her books include Experimenting with Humans and Animals: from Galen to Animal Rights (John Hopkins University Press, 2003) and The Courtiers' Anatomists: Animals and Humans