University of Wisconsin–Madison

Florence C. Hsia

Professor

fchsia@wisc.edu

608.263.1853

Office: 4123 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4028 Mosse Humanities
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00

Florence C. Hsia


Biography

My interests include history of early modern science; cross-cultural scientific exchange, especially between Europe and Asia; science and religion; science and print culture; scientific archives and data practices.

A book project underway is tentatively titled Darkness at Noon: Chinese Astronomy and the Origins of European Sinology.

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago, History, 1999
M.A., University of Chicago, History, 1995
A.B., Princeton University, East Asian Studies, 1990

Books

Selected Publications

  • “Astronomy after the deluge,” in Science in the archives: pasts, presents, futures, ed. by Lorraine Daston, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017, 17-52.
  • “Chinese Astronomy for the Early Modern European Reader,” Early Science and Medicine 13:5 (2008), 417-450.
  • “Athanasius Kircher’s China illustrata (1667): an apologia pro vita sua” section in Paula Findlen, ed., Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything (Routledge, 2004).

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