James A. Secord

Visiting Scholar (Mai 2018-Jul 2018)

PhD, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Jim Secord is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, and a professorial fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He obtained his PhD from Princeton University in 1981, and his undergraduate degree (in Geology and in English Literature) from Pomona College in 1975. He has published many books and articles on the history of the sciences during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age (Oxford: 2014; Chicago: 2014) and Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (Chicago: 2000). He is writing a short book on current issues facing history of science


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Selected Publications

Secord, Anne (2019). “Specimens of Observation: Edward Hobson’s Musci Britannici.” In The Whipple Museum of the History of Science: Objects and Investigations to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of R. S. Whipple’s Gift to the University of Cambridge,…

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Secord, Anne (2019). “Gossamer Threads.” In Surprise: 107 Variations on the Unexpected, ed. M. Fend, A. Te Heesen, C. von Oertzen, and F. Vidal, 351–355. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

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Secord, Anne (2018). “Containers and Collections.” In Worlds of Natural History, ed. H. A. Curry, N. Jardine, J. A. Secord, and E. Spary, 289–303. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Secord, Anne (2013). “Elizabeth Gaskell’s social vision: the natural histories of Mary Barton.” In Uncommon contexts : encounters between science and literature 1800–1939, ed. B. Marsden, H. Hutchinson, and R. O’Connor, 125–143. London: Pickering…

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