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Books and edited volumes

Habits of Knowledge: Early Modern Instrument Trajectories, from Field to Museum (working title) (under contract with Brill).

“Artisans and Instruments, 1300-1800,” special issue of History of Science 44 (2006), 123-278 (Co-edited with Mario Biagioli)

The Art of Teaching Physics: The Eighteenth-Century Demonstration Apparatus of Jean-Antoine Nollet (Sillery (Qc): Editions du Septentrion, 2002). (Co-edited with Lewis Pyenson) [partially online in Google Books] [Also in a French version, partially online in Google Books]

“The Stewart Museum Globe Symposium, Montreal, 19-22 October 2000,” special issue of Globe Studies 49/50 (2002), 158 pages. (co-edited with Edward H. Dahl and Eileen Meillon)globeslivre

La Découverte du monde: La collection de globes anciens du Musée Stewart de Montréal (Toulouse: Éditions Privat, 2001). (With Edward H. Dahl) [An European reedition of Sphæræ Mundi, see below.]

Sphæræ Mundi. Early Globes at the Stewart Museum (Sillery (Qc): Éditions du Septentrion; Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000). (With Edward H. Dahl) [Also in a French version]

Articles and book chapters

(with Maxime Sainte-Marie and Vincent Larivière) “Les collections muséales au service de la science : Une analyse de la Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments de l’université Harvard,” Document numérique (Forthcoming).

“Playing with Quantum Toys: Julian Schwinger’s Measurement Algebra and the Material Culture of Quantum Mechanics Pedagogy at Harvard in the 1960s,” Physics in Perspective (Forthcoming).

“Entre faits et gestes: instrumentation et savoir-faire artisanal à l’époque moderne,” in L’Europe des sciences et des techniques. Un dialogue des savoirs, XVe-XVIIIe siècles, ed. by Liliane Hilaire-Pérez, Fabien Simon, and Marie Thébaud-Sorger (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2016), pp. 63-76.

“Functionless: Science Museums and the Display of ‘Pure Objects’,” Science Museum Group Journal, vol. 5 (Spring 2016). [online here]

“Les musées de sciences et la formation du citoyen expert : science participative et gamification de la technè,” THEMA. La revue des Musées de la civilisation 2 (2015): 38-48. [online here]

“Les musées de sciences, la ‘présence’ des objets et les défis pédagogiques de l’habitus,” Éducation et francophonie 43 (printemps 2015): 29-44. [online here]

“The Instrument That Never Was: Inventing, Manufacturing, and Branding Réaumur’s Thermometer During the Enlightenment,” Annals of Science 69 (2012), 515-549. [pdf version]

“L’apport des musées dans l’enseignement des sciences,” Education Canada 52, no.2 (Spring 2012), 26-29. [pdf version]

“The Organ and the Practice of Natural Philosophy in Mersenne’s Harmonie Universelle,” (in revision)

“Instruments of Knowledge,” in the Oxford Handbook of 17th-Century Philosophy, ed. by Desmond Clarke and Catherine Wilson (Oxford University Press, 2011), 315-337. [pdf version]

“Artisans, Machines, and Descartes’s Organon,” in History of Science 44 (2006), 187-216. [pdf version]

“Le cabinet de physique du château de Cirey et la philosophie naturelle de Mme Du Châtelet et de Voltaire,” in Judith P. Zinsser and Julie Candler Hayes, eds, Emilie Du Châtelet: Rewriting Enlightenment Philosophy and Science (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2006 [SVEC 2006:01]), pp. 165-202. [pdf version]

“Mid-Eighteenth Century Traditions in Globe Making: A Comparative Study of the Valks, Didier Robert de Vaugondy and Åkerman,” in Globe Studies 51-52 (2005), 47-57.

“La physique du globe tous azimuts: La carrière scientifique d’Ernesto Gherzi, S.J., 1910-1973,” in Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu LXXII (2003), 45-80. [pdf version]

“Un entrepreneur au siècle des Lumières: La correspondance entre Jean-Antoine Nollet, Étienne-François Dutour et Jean Jallabert, 1739-1768,” in L’Art d’enseigner la physique (2002), pp. 47-68. (Also in English in The Art of Teaching Physics.)  [pdf version]

“Physics French-Canadian Style? Paul Lorrain and the Université de Montréal’s Cockcroft-Walton Accelerator, 1949-1964,” Rittenhouse 16 (2002), 27-47. [pdf version]

“Eighteenth-Century Entrepreneur: Abbé Nollet’s instrument-making Trade seen through his Correspondence with Etienne-François Dutour and Jean Jallabert,” Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society 57 (2000), 22-25.  [pdf version]

Book Reviews

Book review of Rebecca Cypess, Curious & Modern Inventions. Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo’s Italy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), in Nuncius (Forthcoming).

Book review of Sofie Lachapelle, Conjuring Science: A History of Scientific Entertainment and Stage Magic in Modern France (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), in Isis (Forthcoming).

Book review of Anthony Turner, Globes, lunettes et graphomètres. Alexandre de La Rochefoucauld et les sciences (Paris : Les Éditions de l’Amandier, 2014), in Artefact. Techniques, histoire et sciences humaines (CNRS Editions) no. 3 (2016): 250-252.

Book review of Patrizio Barbieri, Physics of Wind Instruments and Organ Pipes 1100-2010: New and Extended Writings (Rome: Il Levante Libreria Editrice, 2013), in Isis 106 (2015): 164-165. [pdf version]

Book review of Steven Nadler, The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter. A Portrait of Descartes (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013), in The Journal of Modern History 87 (1) (2015): 212-213.

Book review of Peter Harrison, Ronald L. Numbers, and Michael H. Shank, eds., Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), in Science & Education 22 (2013), 1233-1235. [pdf version]

Book review of  Alexander Marr, ed., The Worlds of Oronce Fine: Mathematics, Instruments and Print in Renaissance France (Donington, Lincolnshire: Shaun Tyas / Paul Watkins Publishing, 2009), in French History 26 (2012), 545-547. [pdf version]

Book review of Albert van Helden et al., eds., The Origins of the Telescope (Amsterdam: KNAW Press, 2010), in Renaissance Quarterly 65 (2012), 564-566.  [pdf version]

Essay review of  Peter Heering and Roland Wittje, eds., Learning by Doing: Experiments and Instruments in the History of Science Teaching (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2011) AND Klaus Staubermann, ed., Reconstructions: Recreating Science and Technology of the Past (Edinburgh: National Museums Scotland, 2011), in Annals of Science 69 (2012), 435-440. [pdf version]

Book review of David Aubin, Charlotte Bigg, and Otto Sibum, eds., The Heavens on Earth: Observatories and Astronomy in Nineteenth-Century Science and Culture (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010), in Endeavour 34 (2010), 41-42. [pdf version]

Book review of Michel Delon, Science de la nature et connaissance du soi au siècle des Lumières (Rimouski: Tangence, 2008), in Scientia Canadensis 32 (2009), 86-88.

Book review of Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Christine Blondel, eds., Science and Spectacle in the European Enlightenment (Aldershot, UK, 2008), in Journal of British Studies 48 (2009), 770-772. [pdf version]

Book review of Anita McConnell, Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800). London’s Leading Scientific Instrument Maker (Aldershot, UK, 2007), in Journal of British Studies 48 (2009), 503-505. [pdf version]

Book review of Michael R. Lynn, Popular Science and Public Opinion in Eighteenth-Century France (Manchester, 2006), in Scientia Canadensis 31 (No. 1-2) (2009), 184-188. [pdf version]

Book review of Anthony Turner, Après Gassendi. Son influence et sa réputation, essai, avec l’histoire des collections scientifiques et un catalogue des instruments et appareils concernant les sciences exactes appartenant au Musée Gassendi à Digne-les-Bains (Digne-les-Bains, 2006) in Nuncius 21 (2006), 444-445. [pdf version]

Book review of Douglas M. Jesseph, Squaring the Circle: The War between Hobbes and Wallis (Chicago, 2000) in Journal of Early Modern History 9 (2005), 230-232. [pdf version]

Book review of Peter Galison, Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps: Empires of Time (New York, 2003) in Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society 80 (2004), 30-31.

Book review of Danielle Ouellet (avec la collaboration de René Bureau), Franco Rasetti. Physicien et naturaliste (il a dit non à la bombe) (Montréal: Guérin, 2000) in Bulletin du MuST 4 (hiver 2000), p. 3 [online here].

Book review of Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum, History of the Hour (Chicago, 1996) and Arno Borst, The Ordering of Time (Chicago, 1993) in Material History Review 46 (1997), 87-91.

Book review of Michael Osborne, Nature, the Exotic, and the Science of French Colonialism (Bloomington, Ind., 1994) in Annals of Science 53 (1996), 97-98. [pdf version]

Book review of A. Lafuente, A. Elena and M. L. Ortega, eds., Mundializacion de la ciencia y cultura national (Madrid, 1993), in Isis 85 (1994), 519-520 (with Lewis Pyenson).[pdf version]

Other Publications

“L’histoire des sciences au service de la culture scientifique,” Bulletin du MuST 3 (printemps 2000), p. 4 [online here].

“Le XXe siècle et les instruments scientifiques: à la rescousse d’un patrimoine oublié (un trop bref commentaire),” Bulletin du MuST 4 (hiver 2000), p. 2 [online here].

Section on early modern science in Athena’s Heir: Exploring Four Centuries of Canadian Science and Medicine

“Bartolomeu Dias and the Opening of the Indian Ocean Trade Route to India, 1487-1488,” in Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery, ed. by Neil Schlager, 7 vols. (Chicago: Gale Group, 2000-2001), vol. III, 60-62.

“Sparks and Lightning: Electrical Theories from the ‘Electrician’ Dufay to the Scientist Coulomb,” in Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery, ed. by Neil Schlager, 7 vols. (Chicago: Gale Group, 2000-2001), vol. IV, 316-319.

“‘The Coldest Spot on Earth’: Low Temperature Physics, Superfluidity, and the Discovery of Superconductivity,” in Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery, ed. by Neil Schlager, 7 vols. (Chicago: Gale Group, 2000-2001), vol. VI, 430-432 [online here].

“Heike Kamerlingh Onnes,” in Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery, ed. by Neil Schlager, 7 vols. (Chicago: Gale Group, 2000-2001), vol. VI, 483-484.

“En Route for a Grand Unified Theory: The Unification of Electromagnetism and Weak Nuclear Force at the Turn of the 1970s,” in Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery, ed. by Neil Schlager, 7 vols. (Chicago: Gale Group, 2000-2001), vol. VII, 435-437.

Mara Miniati, ed., Gli inizi della fisioterapia a Firenze. Mostra della donazione Gabbrielli-Bacci (Florence, 1999). [Texts for the temporary exhibition held at the Istituto e museo di storia della scienza during the IX Settimana della Cultura Scientifica, Florence, April 1999.]

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