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ashapiro @ physics.umn.edu
Guggenheim Fellow, 1985-86, AAAS Fellow, 1988; International Academy of the History of Science, Member,1984, Vice President, 2005-13. President, 2013-2017.
Section L (History & Philosophy of Science), AAAS; Chair-elect, Chair, Retiring Chair, 1998-2001; Physics in Perspective, Editorial Board, 1997-2007; Physics Today, Book Review Advisory Board, 1997-2007; Centaurus, Associate Editor, 1994-2009; Early Science and Medicine, Board of Editors, 2002-; Nuncius, Editorial Board, 2005-09.
My research area is the history of the physical sciences from antiquity to the early 19th century. I specialize in the history of optics from the 16th to 19th centuries and am working on the final two volumes of an edition of Isaac Newton's optical papers. I am also interested in the historical development of scientific methodology and the interaction of science, technology, and art in the problem of color.
Newton’s optical theories and vibrating media: the electrical spirit of the general scholium and the electrical queries of the Opticks, Archives internationales d’histoire des sciences 65(2015):77-99.
Newton's Optics,", The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics, ed. Jed Buchwald and Robert Fox (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 166-198.
“Twenty-nine years in the making: Newton’s Opticks,”, Perspectives in Science (2008)
“Images: real and virtual, projected and perceived, from Kepler to Dechales,”, Early Science and Medicine (2008)
“Newton’s ‘experimental philosophy’,”, Early Science and Medicine (2004)