Florence C. Hsia
Professor of History of Science, Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts, and Humanities Assistant Dean, Graduate School
Office: 4123 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4028 Mosse Humanities
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Office Hours: Fridays 10:00-11:00
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.
Ph.D., University of Chicago, History, 1999
M.A., University of Chicago, History, 1995
A.B., Princeton University, East Asian Studies, 1990
Florence C. Hsia. Sojourners in a Strange Land: Jesuits and Their Scientific Missions in Late Imperial China. University of Chicago Press, 2009.
- “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).
- Hist Sci 201 – The Origins of Scientific Thought