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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


We are pleased to announce the relaunch of a postgraduate training series exploring books and objects as material sources. Co-organised across the Whipple Library and Whipple Museum, each session will be led by expert guides and provide the opportunity for handling and round-table discussion.

Sessions branded as 'Science in Print' will explore some bibliographical techniques to identify and describe the structure and production of printed material from the manuscript era through to the hand press period (16th–18th centuries), and then to the mechanisation of book production in the 19th and 20th centuries. Sessions branded 'Material Sources' provide the opportunity to venture outside of the HPS Department to explore some of Cambridge's extraordinary scientific material culture.

All sessions will run 3.00–4.30pm on a Tuesday. The term card can be found below. Places are strictly limited to 12 per session and signup will be first come, first served. Head over to Moodle now to book your place.

Organised by Jack Dixon and Joshua Nall.

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Lent Term 2022

1 February: Science in Print

Early Modern Print, led by Edwin Rose and Dániel Margócsy, in the Whipple Library

8 February: Material Sources + Science in Print collaboration

Visual Cultures of Chinese Science, led by Mary Brazelton, at the Needham Research Institute

15 February: Science in Print

Mechanised Book Production, led by Jim Secord and Edwin Rose, in the Whipple Library

22 February: Material Sources

Vigani's Cabinet, led by Simon Schaffer, at Queens' College

15 March: Science in Print + Material Sources collaboration

Historical Printing Techniques, led by Colin Clarkson, in the University Library's Historical Printing Room