University of Wisconsin–Madison

Florence C. Hsia



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Florence C. Hsia


My interests include The Scientific Revolution, Jesuit science, science and religion, and science and European expansion in the early modern era.

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


Selected Publications

  • “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).