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J.B. Shank

J.B. reports: I am in the process of getting all of my dissertation into book form. One part appeared in September 2008, The Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French EnlightenmentU of Chicago Press, and a prequel of sorts called Before Voltaire: Newton and the Making of Mathematical Physics in France, 1680-1715 is undergoing final revisions and will hopefully be out also from U. Chicago Press, in 2010. Otherwise I spent a year in 2005-2006 at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy (not Kentucky...) and started to work more during that year on sixteenth and seventeenth-century science, including a focus on Galileo and the Galileians. That has continued. I am organizing my new work around the title "Science before 'the Arts and Sciences,'" a theme which involves exploring the early modern disciplinary arrangements that joined subjects like mathematics, painting, music, and literature in ways that defy our modern, "Two Cultures" disciplinary divisions."