PhD Opportunity Science Museum/Swansea University (readvertisement)

The Department of History & Classics, Swansea University, in partnership with the Science Museum, London, invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time 3-year Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research on the topic of ‘Calculating value: using and collecting the tools of early modern mathematics’.

The project seeks to understand, through study of the Science Museum’s early modern printed books relating to mathematics and the mathematical sciences (e.g. astronomy, mechanics, navigation), both the appetite for such publications in the era in which they were produced and the processes by which they were accidentally or intentionally preserved and entered the Museum’s collections. Thus the project’s aim is to shed light on the full range of values ascribed to these tools of mathematics over the course of their existence. The student will be able to shape the project in accordance with their particular interests – by, for example, focusing on particular texts or genres of text, or by exploring connections between the Science Museum’s books and its holdings of instruments.

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The application deadline is 3 June 2015. Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Adam Mosley:

Dr Adam Mosley
Department of History and Classics| Yr Adran Hanes a Chlasuron
College of Arts and Humanities | Coleg y Celfyddydau a’r Dyniaethau
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Swansea | Abertawe
Wales | Cymru

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