Dr Stephen Pumfrey M.A. (Cantab.) Ph. D. (University of London)

Senior Lecturer

Current Teaching

HIST 100: History and Historians

I am convenor of this, the department's core first year course taken by over 300 students. My specific contribution to this broad course is two sets of lectures and associated seminars. The first introduces students to "the medieval world view" of the universe and humankind's place in it, and follows its destruction and replacement by our modern scientific one. The second examines the so-called "Enlightenment" of the eighteenth century. How rational was this "Age of Reason", especially when it came to Europeans' reactions to other cultures.

HIST 294/295. Nature and Culture: the Renaissance and After.

This pair of modules examines changing ideas about the natural world from c.1500-c.1700. It begins with the Renaissance worldveiw of Christianised Greek philosophy, looks at revolutions in medicine, anatomy, astronomy, examines the rise and fall of witchcraft and magic, and asks how much of modern attitudes to nature had been forged by the era of Isaac Newton.HIST294 generally runs in the Michaelmas term and covers broad themes.HIST295 generally runs in the Lent term and looks at in-depth case studies.

HIST 333. Science and Society in England, 1640-1688.

A third level, intensively taught course consisting of over 60 hours of seminars, often focussing on primary sources. We assess the nature of England's rapid rise to prominence as a scientific nation in these five decades, relate it to the social and cultural context, and assess the strength of competing explanations of it. A fuller description can be found at:http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/history/undergrad/hist333.htm

Hist 405. History for Life. History of science and its relevance to our current understanding of science.

Hist422. Medieval Documents and Paleography. Sessions on the transition from manuscript to print culture, and on editing early modern documents.

SSM module: The Medical Marketplace in Early Modern England.

A short, intensive course for medical students on medical provision in England c.1550-c.1750.

The major courses above have dedicated interactive websites, which include substantial electronic resources compiled by Dr Pumfrey. These "LUVLE sites" are not externally available.

Patronising, Publishing, and Perishing: Harriot's Lost Opportunities and His Lost Work 'Arcticon'
Pumfrey, S. 1/06/2012 In: Thomas Harriot and His World. Oxford : Ashgate ISBN: 978-0-7546-6960-9.

The Royal Mint in the Eighteenth Century: private versus public science in the historiography, 1780-2011
Pumfrey, S. 14/05/2012
Working paper

Are the origins of modernity to be found in seventeenth-century England?: Some answers from corpus linguistics
Pumfrey, S. 8/05/2012
Working paper

Did the Enlightenment begin in 1650s England?: Some answers from corpus linguistics
Pumfrey, S. 30/04/2012
Working paper

Experiments in 17th century English: manual versus automatic conceptual history
Pumfrey, S., Rayson, P., Mariani, J. 2012 In: Literary and Linguistic Computing. 27, 4, p. 395-408. 14 p.
Journal article

John Dee: the patronage of a natural philosopher in Tudor England
Pumfrey, S. 2012 In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 43, 3, p. 449-459. 11 p.
Journal article

Fame in Art and Science: Galileo
Pumfrey, S. 4/11/2011
Conference paper

Between philosophy and practice: William Gilbert and the development of experiment
Pumfrey, S. 16/07/2011
Conference paper

‘Your astronomers and ours differ exceedingly’: the controversy over the ‘new star’ of 1572 in the light of a newly discovered text by Thomas Digges
Pumfrey, S. 03/2011 In: British Journal for the History of Science. 44, 1, p. 29-60. 32 p.
Journal article

The Selenographia of William Gilbert: His Pre-Telescopic Map of the Moon and his Discovery of Lunar Libration
Pumfrey, S. 2011 In: Journal for the History of Astronomy. 42, 2, p. 193-203. 11 p.
Journal article

Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives
Dixon, T., Cantor, G., Pumfrey, S. 04/2010

Experiments in 17th century English:: manual and automatic conceptual history
Pumfrey, S., Rayson, P., Mariani, J. 2010
Conference paper

Pumfrey, S., Kassell, L., Forshaw, P., Bragg, M. 17/09/2009 In: In Our Time. London : Hodder and Stoughton p. 449-468. 20 p. ISBN: 978-0340977507.

Harriot's maps of the moon: new interpretations
Pumfrey, S. 20/06/2009 In: Notes and Records of the Royal Society. 63, 2, p. 163-168. 6 p.
Journal article

Hauskbee, Francis (bap. 1660, d.1713)
Pumfrey, S. 05/2009 In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography . Oxford : OUP

Managing Momus: following the fortuna and frequency of a trope in Early English Books Online
Pumfrey, S. 21/07/2006
Conference paper

Science and patronage in England, 1570-1625: a preliminary study.
Pumfrey, S.P., Dawbarn, F. 1/06/2004 In: History of Science. 42, p. 137-88. 50 p.
Journal article

Gilbert, William (1544?-1603)
Pumfrey, S. 2004 In: Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 019861411X .

William Gilbert : forgotten genius.
Pumfrey, S., Tilley, D. 11/2003 In: Physics World. p. 15-16. 2 p.
Journal article

Was Thomas Harriot an English Galileo? An answer from patronage studies.
Pumfrey, S.P. 1/10/2003 In: Bulletin of the Society of Renaissance Studies. 21, 1, p. 11-22. 12 p.
Journal article

Latitude and the Magnetic Earth.
Pumfrey, S.P. 2002 Cambridge : Icon Books. 250 p. ISBN: 1-84046-486-0.

Potts, plots and politics: James I's Daemonologie and The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches.
Pumfrey, S.P. 2002 In: The Lancaster Witches: Histories and Stories. Manchester : Manchester University Press 22 p. ISBN: 0 7190 6204 7.

Who did the work? Experimental philosophers and public demonstrators in Augustan England.
Pumfrey, S. 06/1995 In: British Journal for the History of Science. 28, 2, p. 131-156. 26 p.
Journal article

Science and Popular Culture : special edition of History of Science.
Pumfrey, S., Cooter, R., Pumfrey, S., Cooter, R. 1994 Cambridge : Science History Publications. ISBN: 0073-2753.

Separate spheres and public places: reflections on the history of science popularization and science in popular culture.
Pumfrey, S., Cooter, R. 1994 In: History of Science. 32, p. 237-267. 31 p.
Journal article