Dr Philip Beeley


Research interests:

  • History of early modern science
  • History of mathematics
  • Correspondence networks and the growth of knowledge
Featured Publication

G. W. Leibniz, Interrelations between Mathematics and Philosophy, (Dordrecht: Springer, 2015)

Book Cover for: Interrelations between mathematics  and philosophy


Up to now there have been scarcely any publications on Leibniz dedicated to investigating the interrelations between philosophy and mathematics in his thought. In part this is due to the previously restricted textual basis of editions such as those produced by Gerhardt. Through recent volumes of the scientific letters and mathematical papers series of the Academy Edition scholars have obtained a much richer textual basis on which to conduct their studies - material which allows readers to see interconnections between his philosophical and mathematical ideas which have not previously been manifested. The present book draws extensively from this recently published material. The contributors are among the best in their fields. Their commissioned papers cover thematically salient aspects of the various ways in which philosophy and mathematics informed each other in Leibniz's thought.

  • Physical Arguments and Moral Inducements. John Wallis on Questions of Antiquarianism and Natural Philosophy

  • Early Physics

  • ‘To the publike advancement’ John Collins and the promotion of mathematical knowledge in Restoration England

  • From Quadratures to Cryptography. On the Quatercentenary of the Birth of the Oxford Mathematician John Wallis

  • Carcavi, Pierre de

  • Debeaune (De Beaune), Florimond

  • Desargues, Girard

  • Fermat, Pierre de

  • Geometry

  • Mydorge, Claude

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Audrey Borowski

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students in the fields of History of Science and the History of Modern Thought.

I currently teach:

Prelims: FHS:
OS 7 Nature and Art in the Renaissance

SS 13 The Scientific Movement in the Seventeenth Century