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New Co-Editors for Annals of Science

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Prof. Jed Buchwald and Prof. Mordechai Feingold as the new Co-Editors of Annals of Science from 2020:

Prof. Jed Z. Buchwald – Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA


Prof. Jed Buchwald studies the development of scientific concepts and the instruments used to create and explore new effects, and he is also interested in the historical understanding of the origins of writing and language. He has written on the history of optics and electromagnetism, and since arriving at Caltech in 2001, he has also been examining how scientists, philologists and others in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries engaged with new archeological discoveries and historical chronology. This interest led first to a collaboration with Diane Greco Josefowicz on their 2010 bookThe Zodiac of Paris (Princeton University Press) concerning an Egyptian temple ceiling brought to Paris in the early 19th century. He then collaborated with Caltech professor Mordechai Feingold on Isaac Newton's attempt to date the past using astronomical evidence, resulting in their 2012 book, Newton and the Origin of Civilization (Princeton University Press). Buchwald and Josefowicz have recently completed a second book, The Riddle of the Rosetta. How and English Polymath and a French Polyglot Discovered the Meaning of Egyptian Hieroglyphs (Princeton University Press, 2020). Buchwald is now working with Chen-Pang Yeang on a reproduction and analysis of Heinrich Hertz’s discovery of electric waves. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the International Academy of the History of Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also a MacArthur Fellow (1995) and a Killam Fellow (1990–1991). He continues to edit and co-edit four book series and one journal, and he sits on the editorial board of several others.


Prof. Mordechai Feingold - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

Prof. Mordechai Feingold is an intellectual and institutional historian of science, from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century. His research focuses on how the rise of modern science has transformed Western culture from a humanistic, religious, and unified culture during the sixteenth century into a scientific, technological, secular, and fragmented one by the nineteenth century. Feingold has authored four monographs, including Isaac Newton and the Origin of Civilization (Princeton University Press, 2013), written with Prof. Jed Buchwald; The Newtonian Moment: Isaac Newton and the Making of Modern Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004); and The Mathematicians' Apprenticeship: Science, Universities and Society in England, 1560–1640 (Cambridge University Press, 1984). He has edited twelve volumes on the history of science and related subjects and written dozens of articles. Feingold is the editor of the journals History of Universities and Erudition and the Republic of Letters; the co-editor and book review editor of the journal Perspectives on Science; and editor of a book series.

Annals of Science , launched in 1936, publishes work on the history of science, technology and medicine, covering developments from classical antiquity to the late 20th century.

The editors are exploring new directions and projects and actively encourage participation from the History of Science community and beyond. Please contact them if you have any queries or projects which you would like to discuss with them in relation to Annals of Science

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