Ian Lawson

Ian Lawson has a PhD in the history of science from the University of Sydney, and an MA in philosophy from Otago University in New Zealand. His research focuses on early modern natural philosophy, especially ideas of vision, optics, and the use of optical instruments. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He is working on a book about the way Robert Hooke's use of the microscope changed ideas about knowledge and the place of natural philosophy in English society.