I am particularly interested in visual cultures of science — from early Islamic ophthalmology to contemporary astrophysics — and in the history of scientific collecting — from early modern wunderkammern to present day datasets. History of science, like science itself, spans a vast field of material culture, international collaborations and complex processes: it takes place in exhibitions, museums and laboratories as well as in publications and archives. Methodologies developed in history and philosophy of science are vital keys to understanding many areas of human endeavour and intellectual development; highly productive ways to get from epistemology to aesthetics and back.

History of Science Technology + Medicine

Atomism & Animism

Atomism & Animism, Science Museum, London (1997 to 1999) This museum-wide collection interpretation project was the fruit of my two-year research residency at the Science Museum. The exhibition was created with some 130 objects, disposed in 16 installations
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Open Book

Open Book: Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Science Museum (1996)   This object exchange between an art museum and a science museum was a meditation on the communicating vases of matter and spirit. I brought together Joshua Reynolds’
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Le Musée des Sciences

Le Musée des Sciences (Montréal, with Lyne Lapointe, 1984)   This major site-specific installation — a ‘history of the body’ before its time — took place over the entirety of an abandoned beaux arts Post Office Building at
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