Department of History and Philosophy of Science

News and events


A world of science

October 2015

The European in India, 1813 by Charles D'Oyly (Bridgeman Images)

The history of science has been centred for too long on the West, say Simon Schaffer and Sujit Sivasundaram. It's time to think global.


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'.

Book launch and garden party

June 2015

Nick Hopwood

The Department celebrated the launch of Nick Hopwood's book Haeckel's Embryos: Images, Evolution and Fraud with a talk by Dr Hopwood followed by a party in the grounds of Peterhouse.

Photos of the book launch and garden party

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