My book The Crown and the Cosmos. Astrology and the Politics of Maximilian I
uncovers the fascinating history Emperor Maximilian I’s use of astrology as political instrument.
The Crown and the Cosmos

~Byzantine Science~
My new research focuses on mathematics and the sciences of the stars in 14th-century Constantinople, especially the network of polymaths around Nikephorus Gregoras.
Byzantine Science

Recent posts

Leviathan and the Broken Air-Pump

May 30, 2017

What if Shapin and Schaffer’s classic, Leviathan and the Air-Pump were one in a series about the adventures of Rob Boyle, deep-sea explorer and treasure-hunter? Read more

Last Days of Patient 33

May 24, 2017

In the afternoon of September 26, 1818, a family from Gloucester County, New Jersey arrived at Friends’ Asylum in Frankford, outside Philadelphia. They had brought their relative, a 26-year-old woman, fifteen miles from Woodbury to the asylum because she was suffering “in a violent state of insanity.” They hoped the… Read more

Astrolabes and S•Town

May 9, 2017

On Thursday, February 16, at 5:36 PM I was standing in a faculty meeting when my phone vibrated. I fished it out of my pocket and looked at the screen. I had just received a voicemail and a text from the same number, a number I didn’t recognize. The text… Read more

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An Introduction to the Astrolabe