Dr Stephen Johnston


My research is centred on the practical mathematical arts – from geometry and arithmetic to astronomy and naval architecture – especially in the Renaissance, but also extending to 18th- and 19th-century topics. I have a particular interest in the history of mathematical instruments and in digital approaches to their analysis and interpretation. My books include The Geometry of War, 1500-1750, with Jim Bennett (Oxford: MHS, 1996) and Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England, 1500-1750, with Anthony Gerbino (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009).

  • “Preciseness and Pleasure”: the Astrological Diptychs of Thomas Hood

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