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Peter Robert Dear



Dear's research focus is on the history of European science in the seventeenth century. He teaches more broadly in the history of science, however, and in the fairly new field of science and technology studies.

His main undergraduate survey lecture courses are HIST 2810 and HIST 2820, "Science in Western Civilization." 2810 (fall) focuses on medieval and early modern Europe up to about 1700, while 2820 (spring) begins in the early 18th century, moving from Newton to the early 20th century. This spring, he shall also be teaching an undergraduate seminar on science in early-modern Europe, the so-called Scientific Revolution. Dear also teach a graduate seminar called "Historiographical Approaches to Science."


  • History
  • Science and Technology Studies

Graduate Fields

  • History
  • Science and Technology Studies


  • Early-modern science and epistemology
  • Historical sociology of knowledge
  • History of scientific rhetoric