BSc (Trent), MA (Tor), PhD (Cantab)
Ian Stewart joined King’s in 1995 as a teaching fellow in the Foundation Year Programme (FYP). Back in the 80s, mid-way through his undergraduate degree in physics, he realized that the sciences interested him more from the perspectives of philosophical, historical and sociological analysis. After completing his BSc (Hons) at Trent University, he studied in the field of history and philosophy of science at Toronto (MA), and at Cambridge (PhD).
Ian is currently an assistant professor in the History of Science and Technology Programme, and also teaches in the Foundation Year and Early Modern Studies Programmes. He is also adjunct professor at the Department of Classics, Dalhousie University, and Research Member, Environmental Information: Use and Impact (www.eiui.ca) at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University.
Recent public presentations
- “Improving Ocean Management: Critical insights about information pathways to strengthen evidence-based decision making”; moderated panel, Canada Science Policy Conference, Ottawa Ontario, Nov. 8, 2016
- “Linking Science Producers to Users: Designing a proposed pan-Canadian oil spill research Network of Expertise”; panel contributor, Canada Science Policy Conference, Ottawa Ontario, Nov. 9, 2016
- Oil spill response and social licence: a perspective from the social sciences”, 39th ECCC A.M.O.P. Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, Halifax, June 7-9, 2016
- With Peter Wells, (International Oceans Institute, Dalhousie University) “Diluted Bitumen spills in the Bay of Fundy: an update on the scientific and technological challenges and environmental risks”, Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership Annual Conference, June, 8-11, 2016, Fredericton, NB.
- “Navigating through oil spills in marine environments: scientific uncertainty, public perception and sustainable practice” February 23, 2016 Univesity of Ottawa Institute of the Environment Seminar Series.
- “The ‘environment’ of environmental science in Canada: recent socio-political developments, and why scientists should care” Feb 4, 2016, Biology & Oceanography Departmental Seminar Series, Dalhousie University
- “Mathematics and the voice of Authority in Isaac Barrow’s Lectiones Mathematicae”, June 23, 2015, Max Planck Institute for History of Science (http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/PDF/2015_06_23_Mathematics_and_Metaphysics.pdf)
- CBC Ideas (June 3, 2015) (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/science-under-siege-part-1-1.3091552)
- Presentation of research into the NS public review of Hydraulic Fracturing at University of Waterloo in Jan., 2015 (https://www.balsillieschool.ca/event/shale-gas-science-policy-issues-canadian-context)
- co-coordinator of King’s College’s five-part public lecture series, Trust in Science exploring the public character of science (http://www.ccepa.ca/archives/2006_2007/archive-tis.html).
- Renaissance and early-modern natural philosophies
- History of the universities
- Public understanding of science – past and present
- Science/government policy interface in field of environmental science of fossil fuel extraction
Selected Publications and Projects
- ‘“Res, veluti per machinas, conficiatur”: Natural History in Francis Bacon’s Reform of Natural Philosophy’, Early Science and Medicine, vol. 17 (2012)
- Review essay, Charlest T. Wolfe, Ofer Gal (eds). The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge: Embodied Empiricism in Early Modern Science, in Isis, vol. 103 (2012)
- (In progress, with Stephen Pumfrey) William Gilbert’s ‘A New philosophy concerning our sublunary world’: critical edition and translation (Brill Academic, forthcoming).
- “The new Novum Organum”, (review article of Graham Rees, ed., The Oxford Francis Bacon, vol. XI), History of Science xliii (2005), 457-466.
- “The Lucasian Statutes: translation and introduction,” in From Newton to Hawking: A History of Cambridge University’s Lucasian Professors of Mathematics(Cambridge University Press, 2004): 461-474.
- “‘Books and how to use them’” History of Science xl (2002): 233-245.
- “Fleshy Books: Isaac Barrow’s Oratorical Critique of Cartesian Natural Philosophy,” History of Universities 16 (2000): 35-102.
- “Mathematics as Philosophy: Proclus and Barrow,”Dionysius 18 (2000): 151-81.