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Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis is associate professor in the history of science at the University of Twente, Netherlands. He supervises an NWO-funded research project “The Uses of Mathematics in the Dutch Republic,” aimed at developing a cultural history of mathematization in early modern science and technology. His principal publications are Lenses and Waves. Christiaan Huygens and the Mathematical Science of Optics in the Seventeenth Century (2004); “Once Snell Breaks Down: From Geometrical to Physical Optics in the Seventeenth Century,” Annals of Science (2004); and “Constructive Thinking. A Case for Dioptrics,” in L. Roberts et al. (ed.) The Mindful Hand: Inquiry and Invention from the Late Renaissance to Early Industrialisation (2007).

Sven Dupré is a postdoctoral fellow of the Flemish Research Foundation in Belgium and a member of the Centre for History of Science at Ghent University. He has held visiting fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the University of Sydney, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities at the University of Cambridge. He has published several articles on the history of optics between 1450 and 1650 and on instruments, collections, images and the material culture of science in the early modern period. He has also edited a volume Optics, Instruments and Painting (2005) coming out of an ESF workshop on the Hockney thesis.

John Gage is a former Head of the Department of History of Art, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the College of Fine Arts, University of New [End Page 442] South Wales, Sydney. His interests are mainly in the history of art, and particularly its relationship to optics. Recent books include Color & Meaning: Art, Science & Symbolism (1999) and Color in Art (2006).

Myles W. Jackson is the Dibner Family Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He has completed two books, which proffer a cultural history of German physics, Spectrum of Belief: Joseph von Fraunhofer and the Craft of Precision Optics (2000) and Harmonious Triads: Physicists, Musicians, and Instrument Makers in Nineteenth-Century Germany (2006). He is currently working on a book-length study that investigates how intellectual property has shaped research in molecular biology, and conversely, how molecular genetics has changed fundamental notions in intellectual property law in both the US and Europe.

Kurt Møller Pedersen is a Lecturer at the Steno Department for Studies of Science and Science Education, University of Aarhus, Denmark. He teaches didactics of mathematics and philosophy of science. He is currently working on eclipse data for the satellite of Jupiter, Christopher Hansteen and earth magnetism, and (with Helge Kragh) the history of Venus’ satellite (sic!).

Alan E. Shapiro is Professor and Director of the Program in History of Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota. He is the editor of The Optical Papers of Isaac Newton and the author of Fits Passions and Paroxysms: Physics, Method and Chemistry and Newton’s Theories of Colored Bodies and Fits of Easy Reflection (1993). He has written widely on Newton and seventeenth-century optics. [End Page 443]



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