Dr. L.M. (Lukas) Verburgt

Dr. L.M. (Lukas) Verburgt

History and Philosophy of Science

Happy to announce that my book John Venn: A Life in Logic will be forthcoming at The University of Chicago Press in November 2021.  


- Aristotle's Syllogism and the Creation of Modern Logic (edited volume, w/ Matteo Cosci, Bloomsbury, onder contract)

- A Prodigy of Universal Genius: Robert Leslie Ellis, 1817-1859 (edited volume, Springer Nature, 2021) 

- 'The Works of Francis Bacon: a Victorian classic in the history of science' (forthcoming), Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society

- 'Rethinking History of Science in the Anthropocene', Focus Section in Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society, forthcoming in June 2022. 

*Upcoming talks*

- 'The virtues of not knowing at the dawn of modern science', Descartes Colloquium, Utrecht University, 21 April 2020 (postponed) 
- 'Disciplinary unknowns: making ignorance work in nineteenth-century British science', 'How Disciplines Interact' workshop, University of Amsterdam, 7-8 May 2020 (postponed) 
- 'On the heels of ignorance: measuring uncertainty and dealing with errors in early psychometrics', BSHM-CSHPM Annual Conference, University of St. Andrews, 6 July 2020 (postponed) 

*Recent talks*

- 'Beyond knowledge: towards a history of ignorance', New Paradigms in the History of Knowledge, Ca'Foscari University of Venice, 5 December 2019
- 'What the history of knowledge should also be: the case of negative knowledge', 8th Gewina Meeting for Historians of Science in the Netherlands: Towards a History of Knowledge', 21-22 June 2019, Zeist
- 'Experimental abstraction: Francis Galton, John Venn and Cambridge anthropometry, 1887-1891', History of Science Society, Annual Meeting, 26 July 2019, Utrecht

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After obtaining his PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2015, and having worked there as a Lecturer in Philosophy of Science for many years, between 2017-2021 Lukas Verburgt will work on his Veni-project (NWO) 'A New History and Philosophy for the Exact Sciences: The Case of the Second Scientific Revolution'.

Verburgt's recent book publications include an intellectual biography of John Venn, John Venn: A Life in Logic (under review), and several book projects: one monograph entitled Victorian Probability: The Nature and Limits of Scientific Knowledge in England, 1830-1870 (Palgrave Macmillan, contracted) and three edited volumes, "A Prodigy of Universal Genius": Robert Leslie Ellis, 1817-1859 (Springer, contracted), Selected Correspondence and Unpublished Writings of John Venn (Sprinter Nature, contracted) and Syllogism's Ghost: Aristotle and the Creation of Classical Logic (in preparation, with Matteo Cosci) 

He has held Visiting Fellowships/Scholarships at Trinity College, Cambridge (February 2020), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (20140), the Department for History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge (2017) and the Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences, Amsterdam (2017).

He has published widely on the history and philosophy of the exact sciences, especially those of the 19th- and early-20th century. His articles have been published in journals such as Historia MathematicaAnnals of Science and Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

He is a member of British Society for the History of Mathematics, the European Society for the History of Science and the Canadian Society for the Philosophy and History of Mathematics, among other organizations, as well as a reviewer for Historia MathematicaStatistical Science and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science

He has recently been appointed book review editor (non-English) of Historia Mathematica is currently preparing the Fall 2021 Special Issue of the Journal for the History of Knowledge, together with Peter Burke.