Dr. Seb Falk
Research Fellow 2020
Seb Falk is a research fellow at PAL, January to March 2020. His research centres on late-medieval Latin and Middle English astronomy. His PhD focused on The Equatorie of the Planetis, a unique instrument text formerly attributed to the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. He is a BBC New Generation Thinker, and enjoys sharing his love of medieval instruments with the general public. His first book about medieval sciences, The Light Ages, will be published by Allen Lane (UK, EU and Commonwealth) and W.W. Norton (USA and Canada) in September 2020.
Short Curriculum Vitae
- 2016-2019: Research Fellow, Girton College, University of Cambridge
- 2012-2016: PhD in History of Science, University of Cambridge. Supervisor: Prof. Liba Taub. Dissertation: "Improving Instruments: Equatoria, Astrolabes, and the Practices of Monastic Astronomy in Late Medieval England"
- 2011-2012: MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.
- 2000-2004: BA in History and Spanish, University of Oxford
- "Natural Sciences", in Historians on John Gower: Society, Religion and Politics, ed. Stephen H. Rigby (Boydell & Brewer, 2019), 491-525.
- "'I found this written in the other book': Learning Astronomy in Late Medieval Monasteries", Studies in Church History 55 (2019): 129-44.
- "A Merton College Equatorium: Text, Translation, Commentary", SCIAMVS 17 (2016): 121-159.
- "Learning Medieval Astronomy through Tables: The Case of the Equatorie of the Planetis", Centaurus 58 (2016): 6-25
- "The scholar as craftsman: Derek de Solla Price and the reconstruction of a medieval instrument", Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science 68 (2014): 111‑134.