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Research interests

My area of specialization is the history and philosophy of the sciences. My interests span the late sixteenth century to the modern period.  The focus of my research is evidence, especially the development of markers concerning the reliability of scientific evidence.

Selected Publications


  • Electricity and Magnetism: a Historical Perspective. Greenwood Publications, 2006.  Winner of Editor’s Choice Award.
  • “The Invention of Light Writing or How the Cosmos Came to Draw Itself.”  Optics and Photonics News.  14 (2003), 26-29.
  •  “The New Science: Kepler, Galileo, and Mersenne.” In A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy, ed. S. Nadler. Blackwell, 2002, pp. 45-59.
  •  “The Chemistry of the Stars.” Optics and Photonics News 13 (2002), 47-49.



  • Scientific Revolutions: Primary Texts in the History of Science. Prentice Hall, 2003.
  • History of Modern Science and Mathematics.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Press, 2002, 4 volumes. Booklist Editor’s Choice Reference Title of the Year.
  • The Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution: Biographical Portraits.  Scribner’s Science Reference Series.  Volume 1.  New York: Charles Scribner’s & Sons, 2000,.
  • Picturing Knowledge: Historical and Philosophical Problems Concerning the Use of Art In Science, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1996.


Brooke Abounader-Sofinowski, (Co-supervisory/ J. Brown), “Model Selection and Experiment Design: Case Studies and How they Relate,” conferred November 2012.

Hakob Barseghyan, (Supervisor), “A Theory of Scientific Change,” conferred November 2012.

Jill Lazenby, (Supervisor), “Climates of Collaboration: Interdisciplinary Science and the Social Identity Perspective,” conferred June 2002.

Jenene Wiedemer, (Supervisor), “Anesthesia and Entertainment: Nitrous Oxide in Nineteenth Century America,” conferred June 2006.

Katharine Wright, (Co-supervisor/ S. Hong), “Being Human in Post-War American Thought and Culture: A History from the Cybernetic Perspective,” conferred June 2003.



Contact Information

  • Title: Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
  • Research Area: Philosophy of Science; Early Modern Natural Philosophy
  • Location: VC 320
  • Telephone number: +1 (416) 978–1750
  • E-mail address: baigrie@chass.utoronto.ca

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