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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Emeritus Fellow, Clare College

Research interests

Eighteenth-century natural philosophy; cultural history of science.


Selected publications

Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science and Serendipity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Science: A Four Thousand Year History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Fatal Attraction: Magnetic Mysteries of the Enlightenment (Cambridge: Icon Books, 2005)

Scientists Anonymous: Great Stories of Women in Science (Cambridge: Icon Books, 2005)

Pandora's Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment (London: Pimlico, 2004)

Sex, Botany and Empire: The Stories of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks (Cambridge: Icon Books, 2003)

Newton: The Making of Genius (London: Macmillan, 2002)

An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment (Cambridge: Icon Books, 2002)

Sympathetic Attractions: Magnetic Practices, Beliefs, and Symbolism in Eighteenth-Century England (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996)

Memory, co-edited with Karalyn Patterson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

The Changing World, co-edited with Peter Gathercole and Ronald Laskey (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)