• (ed. with Richard Dunn), Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, c. 1730-1880 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) [book details and download options]

Reviews: British Journal for the History of ScienceInternational Journal of Maritime HistoryThe Mariner’s MirrorThe Northern Mariner



Reviews: “beautifully produced” and “hangs together nicely”, SomeBeans; “achieves precisely the balance of coherence and variety that a reader hopes for (but seldom finds) in a collection of essays”, “This history is a true exemplar for writing about science as a cooperative endeavour.” Endeavour; Antiquarian Horology.


Finding Longitude

Reviews: “a joy to read”, Captain Cook Society; “visually stunning” and “accessible prose”, Washington Independent Review of Books; Science Museum Group Journal; “the most beautiful book I’ve read in a while”, SomeBeans; British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies


Reviews: British Society for Literature and Science Online (free access), IsisVictorian StudiesBritish Journal for the History of ScienceAmbix

  • (ed.) Nineteenth-Century Biography of Isaac Newton: Public Debate and Private Controversy, vol. 2 of Rob Iliffe, Milo Keynes and Rebekah Higgitt (eds), Early Biographies of Isaac Newton, 1660-1885 (2 vols, Pickering & Chatto, 2006) [book details]

Reviews: Notes & Records of the Royal SocietyIsisBritish Journal for the History of Science, Early Science and Medicine

Articles and chapters:

  • ‘”‘Greenwich near London”: the Royal Observatory and its London networks in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’, BJHS 52 (2019) [full text]
  • “In the society’s strong box”: a visual and material history of the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, c. 1736-1760, Nuncius 34 (2019), 284-316 [abstract, link to article £]
  • “Science in a World City”, in Alexandra Rose and Jane Desborough (eds), Science City: Craft, Commerce and Curiosity (Scala/Science Museum, 2019) [book details]
  • ‘Instruments and relics: the history and use of the Royal Society’s object collections, c. 1850-1950’, Journal of the History of Collections (2018) [abstract, link to article £]
  • ‘Challenging tropes: genius, heroic invention, and the longitude problem in the museum’, Isis 108 (2017), 371-80 [full text]
  • Framing the transit: expeditionary culture and identities in Lieutenant E.J.W. Noble’s caricatures of the 1874 transit of Venus expedition to Honolulu’, Annals of Science 74 (2017), 214-39 [full text]
  • with Richard Dunn, ‘The Bureau and the Board: change and collaboration in the final decades of the British Board of Longitude’, in Martina Schiavon and Laurent Rollet (eds), Pour une histoire du Bureau des longitudes (1795-1932) (Nancy: Presses universitaires de Lorraine, 2017) [book details]
  • ‘Equipping expeditionary astronomers: Nevil Maskelyne and the development of “precision exploration”‘, in Fraser MacDonald and C.W.J. Withers (eds) Geography, Technology and Instruments of Exploration (Basingstoke: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 15-36.
  • ‘A British national observatory: the building of the New Physical Observatory at Greenwich, 1889-1898’, British Journal for the History of Science 47 (2014), 609-35 [abstract, link to article £]
  • with James Wilsdon, ‘The benefits of hindsight: how history can contribute to science policy’, in Robert Doubleday and James Wilsdon (eds), Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Whitehall (Centre for Science & Policy, 2013) [full text]
  • ‘The “epitome of intellectual sagacity”: biographical treatments of Newton as a mathematician’, in Benjamin Wardhaugh (ed.), The History of the History of Mathematics: Case Studies for the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Lang, 2012), 47-72 [book details]
  • ‘The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and its publics; past and present’, in Luisa Pigatto and Valeria Zanni (eds), Astronomy and its Instruments Before and After Galileo (Cooperativa Libraria Editrice Universita di Padova, 2010), 439-450 [book details]
  • ‘The Royal Observatory, Greenwich’, in Clive Ruggles and Michel Cotte (eds), The Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention: A Thematic Study (ICOMOS/IAU, 2010), 195-8 [chapter PDF, online book]
  • with Graham Dolan, ‘Greenwich, time and the line’, Endeavour 34 (2010), 35-39 [abstract, link to article £]
  • ‘Science and sociability: women as audience at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1831-1901’, Isis 99 (2008), 1-27 [full text PDF]
  • with Charles W.J. Withers and Diarmid Finnegan, ‘Historical geographies of provincial science: themes in the setting and reception of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Britain, 1831-c.1939’, British Journal for the History of Science 41 (2008), 385 – 415 [abstract, link to article £]
  • ‘Discriminating days? Partiality and impartiality in nineteenth-century biographies of Newton’, in Thomas Söderqvist (ed.) The History and Poetics of  Scientific Biography (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), 155-72 [book details]
  • with Charles W.J. Withers and Diarmid Finnegan, ‘Geography’s other histories? Geography and science in the British Association for the Advancement of Knowledge, 1831-c. 1933’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 31 (2006), 433-51 [abstract, link to article £]
  • ‘Why I do not FRS my tail: Augustus De Morgan and The Royal Society’, Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 60 (2006), 253-59 [full text PDF]
  • ‘President, patron, friend and lover: Charles Montagu’s significance to the history of science’, Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 59 (2005), 155-70 [full text PDF]
  • ‘Astronomers against Newton? Francis Baily’s Account of the First Astronomer Royal’, Endeavour 28 (2004), 20-24 [abstract, link to article £]
  • ‘“Newton dépossédé!” The British response to the Pascal forgeries of 1867’, British Journal for the History of Science 36 (2003), 437-53 [abstract, link to article £]

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