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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


This research seminar is concerned with all aspects of the history of natural history and the field and environmental sciences. The regular programme of papers and discussions takes place over lunch on Mondays. In addition, the Cabinet organises a beginning-of-year fungus hunt and occasional expeditions to sites of historical and natural historical interest, and holds an end-of-year garden party.

Seminars are held on Mondays at 1pm in Seminar Room 2 unless otherwise stated.

For further details about upcoming events, or to be added to the mailing list for the Cabinet of Natural History, please contact Thomas Banbury (tjb98).

Easter Term 2024

29 April

Michael Freidman (Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas)
Jungius and Leibniz on textiles and texture in the 17th century

6 May

Sheena McKeever (Department of History of Art, Cambridge)
The cannibalized print: deconstructing Charles Estienne's anatomical woodcut illustrations in De dissectione (1545)

13 May

Aisha Alowais Alshamsi (Warburg Institute)
Comets in medieval Arabic astronomical and historical treatise

10 June

Cabinet Garden Party – speakers to be announced