Entries by Laura J. Snyder

Review of Secord’s Visions of Science

My review of James Secord’s Visions of Science appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 11th. Science Books That Made Modernity By LAURA J. SNYDER Thomas De Quincey claimed that certain books existed only to teach their readers, while others changed the world by transforming and motivating them. The first he called a “literature of knowledge,” the […]

“Revelatory” — Philip Ball, Nature

Science writer Philip Ball wrote a lovely essay for Nature connecting Eye of the Beholder with Galileo’s Telescope, another new book having to do with the use of optical instruments in the 17th century.  Ball writes “Snyder beautifully evokes the ambience of late-seventeenth-century Delft. . . . She is revelatory about Vermeer’s aims and methods, helping to explain what is so mesmeric about […]

Review of Dry’s “The Newton Papers”

My review of Sarah Dry’s The Newton Papers is in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal. A Reputation in Constant Motion It was claimed that Newton’s writings on alchemy and theology were products of mental derangement. By LAURA J. SNYDER The Newton Papers By Sarah Dry 
Oxford, 238 pages, $29.95 In the 1940s, a visitor to the Sir Isaac […]

Interview with Science for the People

Last month I chatted with Desiree Schell of the Science for the People syndicated radio show and podcast operating out of Edmonton, Alberta, and broadcasting throughout North America. It was fun to be immersed again in the nineteenth century for a while after working for the past couple of years on the seventeenth century. Talking […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, from the midst of a Nantucket blizzard, where I am working on revisions to my new book! With luck it will appear in late 2014 or early 2015. Stay tuned! What a great way to start the new year: seeing that I landed on the 20 Most Popular Books of 2013 from […]

Review of Lyon’s “The Society for Useful Knowledge”

My review of Jonathan Lyons’s book, The Society for Useful Knowledge has appeared in this weekend’s edition of the Wall Street Journal. Subscribers can read the piece here. A text-only version for non-subscribers: September 6, 2013 Book Review: ‘The Society for Useful Knowledge’ by Jonathan Lyons Benjamin Franklin did far more for science than simply […]

Interview with Science Book a Day

I recently sat for an interview (via Skype) with George Aranda of Science Book a Day, which featured The Philosophical Breakfast Club today. We chatted about PBC, my next book, how scientists can best communicate science to the general public, and what it was like to give a TED talk. You can view the interview […]