Professor Emeritus of History and Astronomy and Astrophysics
PhD 1968 Yale University
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
Noel Swedlow has retired and no longer directs BA theses or accepts new graduate students.
History of the exact sciences, antiquity through the seventeenth century; history of astronomy
Noel Swerdlow's most recently completed larger project concerns Babylonian planetary theory and he is now working on a study of astronomy in the Renaissance concentrating on Regiomontanus, Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler, and Galileo.
"Science and Humanism in the Renaissance: Regiomontanus's Oration on the Dignity and Utility of the Mathematical Sciences." In World Changes.Thomas Kuhn and the Nature of Science, edited by P. Horwich, 131–68. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1993.
"The Recovery of the Exact Sciences of Antiquity: Mathematics, Astronomy,Geography." In Rome Reborn. The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture, edited by Anthony Grafton, 125–67. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1993.
"Otto E. Neugebauer." Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 137 (1993): 139–65.
"Montucla's Legacy: The History of the Exact Sciences." Journal of the History of Ideas (1993): 299–328.
"Blackstone's 'Newtonian' Dissent." In The Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences, edited by I. B. Cohen, 205–34. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994.
"Astronomy in the Renaissance." In Astronomy before the Telescope, edited by C. Walker, 187–229. London: British Museum Press, 1996.
The Babylonian Theory of the Planets. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1998.