Paula Findlen teaches history at Stanford University and is the author of Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy.
Immanuel Velikovsky’s strange quest for a scientific theory of everything
How did a man who got so many things wrong become an intellectual celebrity in his own lifetime?
Brad Gregory wants to upend how we think about the emergence of capitalism, secularism and individualism.
Two new biographies differ over the astronomer’s view of the relationship between science and faith.
Ann Blair’s Too Much to Know explains how across the centuries the profusion of information has always inspired readers to invent shortcuts to knowledge.
In The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes lucidly charts how the Romantics were as transfixed by the failures of science as they were by its bright accomplishments.
Ingrid Rowland's Giordano Bruno rediscovers the Renaissance philosopher and heretic.