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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

1970

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

1970

La guerre des astronomes, 2 vols 2008

1970

Mathematical Taxonomy 1971

1970

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)

1970

The Scenes of Inquiry 2000 (2nd edition)

1970

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Late 18th and 19th century British history; political and cultural developments, theology and religious belief, social and economic thought.

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Early modern literature in its historical and intellectual contexts, especially poetry and drama; Edmund Spenser's engagement with Gaelic Ireland, the dynamics of Tudor and Jacobean patronage, the aesthetics of Renaissance tragedy.

Mr Robin Briggs

The social, religious and political history of early modern Europe, especially France; the French Catholic Church and the history of witchcraft