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Professor Nicholas Jardine FBA

History of Science Early Modern History Philosophy of Science
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About this Fellow

Nicholas Jardine (born 4 September 1943) is a British mathematician, philosopher of science and its history, historian of astronomy and natural history, and amateur mycologist. He is Emeritus Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at the University of Cambridge. Jardine was educated at Monkton Combe School in Somerset and read natural sciences at King's College, Cambridge. He then worked as a King's College and Royal Society Research Fellow on the automation of classification and information retrieval and its applications to biological taxonomy and diagnosis. In 1975 he moved to Darwin College, Cambridge and to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Since then he has developed a question-based pragmatic philosophy of science (inspired by the work of Ian Hacking), as well as studying the history of early-modern astronomy and natural history. Currently he is writing a book on the aims and methods of histories of the sciences.

Website: http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/people/jardine/

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor of History and Philosophy of the Sciences, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Royal Society Research Fellow, Unknown Unknown, 1968 - 1973
  • Editor, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Unknown Unknown, 1987
  • Professor of History and Philosophy of the Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1992
  • Professor of History and Philosophy of the Sciences, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 1992
  • , University of Cambridge, 1975
  • Professor of History and Philosophy of the Sciences, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 1992

Publications

Cultures of Natural History (ed. with J.A. Secord and E.C. Spary) 1996, Cambridge University Press

Christoph Rothmann's Treatise on the Comet of 1585: An Edition and Translation with Accompanying Essays (with M.A. Granada and A. Mosley) 2014, Leiden, Brill

La guerre des astronomes, 2 vols 2008

Mathematical Taxonomy 1971

The Birth of History and Philosophy of Science. Kepler's A defence of Tycho against Ursus with Essays on its Provenance and Significance 1988 (revised edition)

The Scenes of Inquiry 2000 (2nd edition)

Other Early Modern History to 1850 Fellows

Professor Knud Haakonssen

History of moral, political & legal thought 1600-1800, especially natural law & rights; Enlightenment in Germany, Scandinavia & Scotland; scholarly editions of eighteenth century texts.

Professor Peter Mandler

Modern British history, especially cultural, intellectual and social; the histories of the humanities and social sciences in comparative perspective

Professor Simon Franklin

History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies

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