Paula Findlen: History Comes in Many Different Boxes

Paula Findlen is a historian of science and technology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the cultural and social history of science in early modern Europe, with an emphasis on Italy. She is the author of several books, including “Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy” and “Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything.” She is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society. In addition to her academic work, Findlen serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia on the history of science.

As a historian of science and technology, Paula Findlen is particularly interested in the way science and culture interacted in early modern Europe. her research on Italy during that period has been widely recognized for its insights into how scientific ideas and practices were shaped by the cultural context in which they were developed. Her books, articles, and lectures have helped to deepen our understanding of the history of science, and have earned her many accolades and awards. Paula Findlen continues to be an active member of the academic community, serving on editorial boards and participating in conferences and symposia.

Please enjoy our interview with Paula Findlen…