Department Name Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Institution Name University of Cambridge

Departmental Information

Department Profile The Department of History and Philosophy of Science offers research supervision over a wide range of topics – from ancient, medieval and renaissance science to the twentieth century. MPhil and PhD research is facilitated by outstanding libraries, numerous seminars and reading groups, and a lively international community of staff, students and visiting scholars. The Whipple Museum – one of the UK’s most important collections of scientific instruments – provides students with opportunities for working with the material culture of science.
Faculty Teaching Staff John Forrester(Head of Department); Nick Hopwood; Nick Jardine; Lauren Kassell; Martin Kusch; Tim Lewens; Eleanor Robson; Simon Schaffer; Jim Secord; Liba Taub; Dr Sorin Bangu; Dr Richard Barnett; Dr Alex Broadbent; Dr Kevin Brosnan; Dr Vanessa Heggie; Mr Nicky Reeves;
Research Staff Dr Elma Brenner; Dr Philippe Clancier; Dr Andrew Cunningham; Dr Graham Cunningham; Dr Hilary Powell; Dr Torben Rees; Dr Laurence Totelin;
Areas of Expertise History and philosophy of psychoanalysis and human sciences; History of modern medicine and biology; Early-modern cosmology; historiography of the sciences; history of natural history; History of early modern medicine and the occult sciences; science and technology studies; Philosophy of biology; philosophical bioethics; Science in the ancient and pre-modern Middle East; history of mathematics; History of physical science; social history of science; Social history of science; life and earth sciences; History of scientific instruments, early science and astronomy;
Special Resources Whipple Museum of the History of Science: a world-class collection of scientific instruments and models; Whipple Library: extensive holdings in all areas of the history, philosophy and sociology of science, technology and medicine; Cambridge University Library (copyright library): includes archives for Maxwell, Newton, Kelvin, Darwin and Rutherford

Course & Degrees

Undergraduate Courses History of Natural Philosophy; History of Science and Medicine; Cross-Cultural Reflections; Induction, Causation, Explanation and Laws; Methodology: Popper, Kuhn and Confirmation; The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge; Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Physics; Philosophy of Mathematics; Ethics in Science; Medicine from Antiquity to the Enlightenment; Modern Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; History and Ethics of Medicine;
Undergraduate Units Part IB course in History and Philosophy of Science; Part II course in History and Philosophy of Science; Part II course in History and Philosophy of Science in Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Part III course in History and Philosophy of Science;Taught
Postgraduate Courses MPhil studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Research Degrees PhD studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Contact Details

Postal Address University of Cambridge, Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH
Phone +44 (0)1223 334500
Fax +44 (0)1223 334554
Email [email protected]