Nuno de Albuquerque E. Onofre Chastel-Branco

Nuno Castel-Branco

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Aug 2021-Jul 2022)

Nuno Castel-Branco obtained his PhD in the History of Science at Johns Hopkins University in May 2021. He received an MSc in physics from the University of Lisbon (ISTécnico) and published his research in the journal Physics Letters B. He is now studying the rise of the new sciences in seventeenth-century Europe through the career of the anatomist Nicolaus Steno. He has won several awards in Europe and the United States, such as a Fulbright Fellowship and a Huntington Exchange Fellowship. He also studies the development of Jesuit science in early modern Portugal, for which he has several articles accepted for publication in journals including Early Science and Medicine and Renaissance Quarterly.


Mathematics, the Body, and the Soul: Nicolaus Steno and the Search for Certainty in the 17th Century


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Selected Publications

Castel-Branco, Nuno (2022). “Friendship Fostered by Poison: The Collaboration of Nicolaus Steno and Francesco Redi.” In Poison: Knowledge, Uses, Practices, ed. C. Mordeglia and A. Paravicini Bagliani, 325–346. Florence: SISMEL – Edizioni del…

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Castel-Branco, Nuno (2021). “Galileo and the Pandemic.” The Wall Street Journal, December 30, 2021.

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Castel-Branco, Nuno (2021). “Galileo and the Pope Fell Out Over a Story About a Cidada.” Scientific American , July 9, 2021.

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Castel-Branco, Nuno (2021). “Dissecting with Numbers: Mathematics in Nicolaus Steno’s Early Anatomical Writings, 1661-64.” Substantia 5 (1 Suppl.): 29–42. .

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

"Was Galileo a Heretic? Make up your mind."

JHU Class, Johns Hopkins University

"Amicizia promossa da veleni: la collaborazione tra Niccolò Stenone e Francesco Redi"

International Congress on "Poison. Knowledge, uses, pratices.", University of Trent

"Nicolaus Steno’s Arrival in Italy and Mathematics"

International Conference Galilean Foundations for a Solid Earth 1669-2019: 350th anniversary of Nicolaus Steno’s Prodromus, University of Florence

"Material Piety: Science and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Portugal"

Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Renaissance Society of America, Toronto

"Hendrick Uwens and the mathematical backstage of a missionary’s life"

Missionary Orbits workshop: Science and Medicine in the Early Modern World, Johns Hopkins University