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Matthew Stanley

Matthew Stanley

Associate Professor
M.A. Astronomy, Harvard University
B.Sc. & B.A. Optical Engineering & Religion, University of Rochester, 1998
Ph.D. History of Science, Harvard University, 2004

Matthew Stanley teaches and researches the history and philosophy of science. He holds degrees in astronomy, religion, physics, and the history of science and is interested in the connections between science and the wider culture. He is the author of Practical Mystic: Religion, Science, and A. S. Eddington , which examines how scientists reconcile their religious beliefs and professional lives. Currently, he is writing a book that explores how science changed from its historical theistic foundations to its modern naturalistic ones. Professor Stanley is also part of a nationwide NSF-funded effort to use the humanities to improve science education in the college classroom. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, the British Academy, and the Max Planck Institute. He currently runs the New York City History of Science Working Group.


Contact Information

Matthew Stanley

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 507
(212) 992-7752
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Office Hours
Monday 11-1
Tuesday 9-12:30


2014 Spring

Mon,Wed 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

2014 Summer

Carl Sagan: From Cosmos to Nuclear Winter
Mon,Wed 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

2014 Fall

The Scientific Revolution
Mon,Wed 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Science and Religion
Mon,Wed 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

2013 Spring

Science and Religion
Tue,Thu 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

history of science and technology; science and religion; physics and astronomy; philosophy of science; history and philosophy of religion, mind and consciousness; science education; peace and war

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