Ian Stewart

Assistant Professor of Humanities
BSc (Trent), MA (Tor), PhD (Cantab)

Faculty Member, Foundation Year Programme, History of Science and Technology Programme

Phone: 902.422.1271 ext. 134

Ian Stewart joined King's in 1995 as a teaching fellow in the Foundation Year Programme (FYP). Back in the 80s, mid-way through his undergraduate degree in physics, he realized that the sciences interested him more from the perspectives of philosophical, historical and sociological analysis. After completing his BSc (Hons) at Trent University, he studied in the field of history and philosophy of science at Toronto (MA), and at Cambridge (PhD).

Ian is currently an assistant professor in the History of Science and Technology Programme, and also teaches in the Foundation Year and Early Modern Studies Programmes. He is also adjunct professor at the Department of Classics, Dalhousie University, and Research Member, Environmental Information: Use and Impact (www.eiui.ca) at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University.

Recent public presentations


  • Renaissance and early-modern natural philosophies
  • History of the universities
  • Public understanding of science – past and present
  • Science/government policy interface in field of environmental science of fossil fuel extraction


  • ‘“Res, veluti per machinas, conficiatur”: Natural History in Francis Bacon’s Reform of Natural Philosophy’, Early Science and Medicine, vol. 17 (2012)
  • Review essay, Charlest T. Wolfe, Ofer Gal (eds). The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge: Embodied Empiricism in Early Modern Science, in Isis, vol. 103 (2012)
  • (In progress, with Stephen Pumfrey) William Gilbert’s ‘A New philosophy concerning our sublunary world’: critical edition and translation (Brill Academic, forthcoming).
  • “The new Novum Organum”, (review article of Graham Rees, ed., The Oxford Francis Bacon, vol. XI), History of Science xliii (2005), 457-466.
  • “The Lucasian Statutes: translation and introduction,” in From Newton to Hawking: A History of Cambridge University’s Lucasian Professors of Mathematics(Cambridge University Press, 2004): 461-474.
  • “‘Books and how to use them’” History of Science xl (2002): 233-245.
  • “Fleshy Books: Isaac Barrow’s Oratorical Critique of Cartesian Natural Philosophy,” History of Universities 16 (2000): 35-102.
  • “Mathematics as Philosophy: Proclus and Barrow,”Dionysius 18 (2000): 151-81.