William R. Newman is Distinguished Professor and Ruth N. Halls Professor of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University. His published work has focused mainly on the history of alchemy and "chymistry" from the European Middle Ages up to the time of Isaac Newton. Newman has written widely on pre-modern matter theory, the art-nature debate, and the chymical work of Daniel Sennert, George Starkey, Robert Boyle, and Isaac Newton. His most recent book is Newton the Alchemist: Science, Enigma, and the Quest for Nature’s “Secret Fire” (Princeton University Press, 2019).
Jutta Schickore Sawyer Seminar Co-Convener
Jutta Schickore is Ruth N. Halls Professor of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University. Her research interests include philosophical and scientific debates about scientific methods in the past and present, particularly about (non)replicability, failure, error, and negative results; historical and philosophical aspects of microscopy; and the relation between history and philosophy of science. Her latest book is About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Claudia Cristalli Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Researcher
Claudia Cristalli is Mellon post-doc at the department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University. She completed her PhD in 2020 at University College London, UK. She specializes in Charles S. Peirce and the history of experimental psychology. Her interests include integrated history and philosophy of science, classical American pragmatism, scientific method discourses, and experiment replication
Evan Arnet Mellon-Sawyer Graduate Fellow
Evan Arnet is a graduate student in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University focusing on scientific methodology in the context of the study of animal psychology and behavior. He is particularly interested in the way methodological practices and concepts move (or fail to move) through research communities. Somewhat separately, he works on historical and philosophical issues in genetics. He also designed and wrote the website, so email him with your complaints and grievances.