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Mathematics: A life computed
James Poskett navigates a sophisticated account of Alan Turing's extraordinarily varied intellectual world. Expand
ABSTRACT Like many nineteenth-century sciences, phrenology had global aspirations. Skulls were collected in Egypt and Ceylon, societies exchanged journals between India and the United States, andExpand
Sounding in silence: men, machines and the changing environment of naval discipline, 1796–1815
  • James Poskett
  • Medicine, History
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
  • 3 December 2014
Abstract Logbooks and sea charts may appear rather straightforward evidence to present at a naval court martial. However, their introduction into proceedings in the early nineteenth century revealsExpand
The fastest man on no legs
Prostheses remained unchanged for thousands of years, but that all changed once amputee athletes got involved in the design process. James Poskett explores the stories behind the elite sportsExpand
National types: The transatlantic publication and reception of Crania Americana (1839)
Samuel George Morton’s Crania Americana (1839) is most often read as a foundational work for the ‘American school’ of nineteenth-century ethnography. In this article, I challenge such a reading byExpand
History: Five millennia of Indian science
James Poskett applauds a show celebrating discovery on the subcontinent, from zero to the boson.
Race, material culture, and the global history of science
In this article I discuss three major themes raised by reviewers of my book, Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815–1920 (Chicago, 2019). In turn, I analys...