Professor Nicholas Jardine FBA

History of Science Early Modern History Philosophy of Science

Elected 2004

UK Fellow
2004
History, Philosophy

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.

Current post

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

Past appointments

University of Cambridge Professor of History and Philosophy of the Sciences

Jan 1992 -

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

Jan 1992 -

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

Jan 1992 -

Unknown Unknown Editor, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Jan 1987 -

University of Cambridge

Jan 1975 -

Unknown Unknown Royal Society Research Fellow

Jan 1968 - Jan 1973

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)

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