Dr Luciano Boschiero

Dr Luciano Boschiero
Dr Luciano Boschiero

Dean of Studies and Director of Operations
Senior Lecturer in History
BA Hons (Wollongong)
DipEdSt (CoT, London)



Luciano Boschiero specialises in the history and philosophy of early modern science, particularly scientific academies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Luciano is the author of several journal papers, as well as the book: Experiment and Natural Philosophy in Seventeenth-Century Tuscany: The History of the Accademia del Cimento (Springer, 2007). He is currently researching theories of mechanics and motion in the early modern European academies. He is also interested in the history of universities and has edited a book on the topic: On the Purpose of a University Education (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2012).


Prizes, Grants and Fellowship:
  • Dibner Fellowship: Dibner Library for the History of Science and Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. 2015 (US$10500)
  • Mellon Fellowship: University of Oklahoma, History of Science Collections. 2015 (US$1500)
  • Network for Early European Research Discretionary Funds Grant (an ARC sponsored organization). 2009 (A$2000)
  • National Science Foundation travel grant. 2007 (US$600)
  • National Science Foundation travel grant. 2001 (US$800)
  • Italian Government Scholarship. Research Grant by Italian Foreign Ministry. 2000-2001. (4,500000 Italian Lira / A$4,500)
  • Annals of Science Prize 2002


Selected Publications:
  • “Introduction”, in Giovanni Borelli, Physical-mathematical introduction by Giovanni Alfonso Borelli to his magnificent De motu animalium (edited by Peter Vander Aa, Leiden, 1686; translated by Paul Maquet), Dordrecht: Springer, 2015
  • “Teaching the History and Philosophy of Science and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge” in G. Caban (ed.), Education Through the Liberal Arts, Warrane College: Sydney, 2010, 1-10.
  • “Translation, Experimentation and the Spring of the Air: Richard Waller’s Essayes of Natural Experiments”, Notes & Records of the Royal Society (2010), 64, 67-83.
  • “Robert Southwell and Vincenzio Viviani: the story of their friendship and an attempt at Italian-English scientific collaboration”, Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2009), 26 (2), 87-108.
  • “Giovanni Borelli and the Comets of 1664-65″, Journal for the History of Astronomy (2009), xl, 11-30.
  • “Networking and Experimental Rhetoric in Florence, Bologna and London during the 1660s”, in M. Beretta, A. Clericuzio and L.M. Principe (eds.), The Accademia del Cimento and its European Context, Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications/Watson Publishing International LLC, 2009, 195-210.
  • Experiment and Natural Philosophy in Seventeenth-Century Tuscany: The History of the Accademia del Cimento, Dordrecht: Springer, 2007.
  • Stories About the Birth of Modern Science”, Minerva (2005), 43, 311-318.
  • “Post-Galilean Thought and Experiment in Seventeenth-Century Italy: The Life and Work of Vincenzio Viviani”, History of Science (2005), xliii, 77-100.
  • “The Saturn Problem: Natural Philosophical Reputations and Commitments on the Line in 1660 Tuscany” in P. Anstey and J. Schuster (eds), The Science of Nature in the Seventeenth Century: Patterns of Change in Early Modern Natural Philosophy, Springer/Kluwer,
  • Dordrecht, 2005, 185-213.
  • “Natural Philosophical Contention Inside the Accademia del Cimento: the Properties and Effects of Heat and Cold”, Annals of Science (2003), 60, 329-349.
  • “Natural Philosophizing Inside the Late Seventeenth-Century Tuscan Court”, British Journal for the History of Science (2002), 35 (4), 383-410.


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