Department of History and Philosophy of Science

News and events


What is a monster?

September 2015

'Monstrum marinum daemoniforme' from Ulysse Aldrovandi's 'Monstrorum Historia' (1642, Bologna), p.350

Natalie Lawrence explores notions of the monstrous and how they tie into ideas about morality.


Cambridge animal alphabet: H is for horse

July 2015

Louis Auzoux horse's teeth (1890) in the Whipple Museum

The Whipple Museum's set of horse teeth models features in a series of articles celebrating Cambridge's connections with animals.

Article and video

Men in stripes: spot the difference in early modern woodcuts

July 2015

From Liber de Arte Distillandi de Compositis by Hieronymus Brunschwig (Wellcome Library, London)

Tillmann Taape uncovers the meaning of the striped garments depicted in Hieronymus Brunschwig's medical manuals.


Haeckel’s embryos: the images that would not go away

July 2015

Lithograph from Haeckel, Anthropogenie (1874)

Nick Hopwood's new book, Haeckel's Embryos: Images, Evolution and Fraud, shows how the most controversial images in the history of science became some of the most widely seen.


Leverhulme Fellowship for Boris Jardine

June 2015

Congratulations to Boris Jardine, who has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship to be undertaken at HPS and in collaboration with the Whipple Museum from March 2016. The title of his project is 'The Lost Museums of Cambridge Science, 1865–1936'.

Student prizes

June 2015

Congratulations to all the winners of this year's student prizes.

Pilkington Prize for Jim Secord

June 2015

Jim Secord with other winners of Pilkington Prizes

Jim Secord – 'one of the outstanding teachers of his generation' – is among the winners of this year's Pilkington Prizes for teaching.


Cabinet garden party

June 2015

Garden party

The Cabinet of Natural History garden party, featuring a talk by Natalie Lawrence, was held in Gonville & Caius Fellows' Garden.

Photos of the garden party

Visiting Darwin’s house

May 2015

Down House

For its annual field trip, the Cabinet of Natural History visited Down House in Kent, the home of Charles Darwin.

Photos of the field trip

Experiments that changed the world

March 2015


Charlotte Connelly and Josh Nall help the Naked Scientists recreate some historic scientific experiments.

Naked Scientists podcast

The ‘flying scientist’ who chased spores

February 2015

R100 at mast in Canada

Ruth Horry tells the story of the Cambridge mycologist Dr Dillon Weston and his ever-more inventive means of trapping fungal spores, even from the open window of an airship.

Article and video