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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Emeritus Professor

Research interests: Historiography of the sciences; early-modern cosmology; history of natural history; philosophy of the sciences.

Nick Jardine was the principal investigator on the AHRC-funded project Diagrams, Figures and the Transformation of Astronomy, 1450–1650.


Selected publications

Christoph Rothmann's Treatise on the Comet of 1585: An Edition and Translation with Accompanying Essays, with M.A. Granada and A. Mosley (Leiden: Brill, 2014)

Recent Material Heritage of the Sciences, with L. Wilson, part special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 44/4

Observing the World through Images: Diagrams and Figures in Early-Modern Arts and Sciences, edited with I. Fay (Leiden: Brill, 2013)

Forms and Functions of Early Modern Celestial Imagery, edited with Renée Raphael, Part I, special issue of Journal for the History of Astronomy 41/3 (2010), and Part II, 42/1 (2011)

La Guerre des astronomes: La querelle au sujet de l'rugine du système géo-héliocentrique à la fin du XVIe siècle, edited with Alain-Philippe Segonds (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 3 vols, 2008)

J.E. Raven, Plants and Plant Lore in Ancient Greece, edited with Marina Frasca-Spada, Faith Raven, and W.T. Stearn (Oxford: Leopard's Head, 2001)

Books and the Sciences in History, introduced and co-edited with Marina Frasca-Spada (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Cultures of Natural History, introduced with Emma C. Spary, co-edited with James A. Secord and Emma C. Spary (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

The Scenes of Inquiry (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991; 2nd edition with appended essays, 2000)

Romanticism and the Sciences, co-edited and introduced with Andrew R. Cunningham (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

The Fortunes of Inquiry (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986)

The Birth of History and Philosophy of Science: Kepler's 'A Defence of Tycho against Ursus' with Essays on its Provenance and Significance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984)