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Michael H. Shank


Title: Professor Emeritus

Interests: Broad interests in the physical sciences (and
 their analogues and contexts) before 1700. Primary
 research interests focus on late medieval natural
 philosophy and astronomy, with special attention
 to the Viennese tradition and most specifically,
 of late, the work of Johannes Regiomontanus.
 Additional related interests: science and the
 medieval university, science and early printing,
 and Piero della Francesca.

Email:mhshank@wisc.edu
Phone:(608) 262-3972

Office:Room 326, Bradley Memorial Building

Curriculum Vitae

Michael H. Shank's C.V.

Education

Ph.D., Harvard University, History of Science, 1983

A.M., Harvard University, History of Science, 1978

M.A., University of Notre Dame, History and Philosophy of Science, 1975

B.A., Goshen College, Physics, 1971

Books

"Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartes" book cover image Roshdi Rashed. Translated by Michael H. Shank, Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartes (Routledge, 2014).

"The Cambridge History of Science: Eighteenth-Century Science, Vol. 2: Medieval Science" book cover image David C. Lindberg and Michael H. Shank, eds., The Cambridge History of Science: Eighteenth-Century Science, Vol. 2: Medieval Science (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

"Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science" book cover image Peter Harrison, Ronald L. Numbers, and Michael H. Shank, Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

"The Scientific Enterprise in Antiquity and Middle Ages: Readings from Isis" book cover image Michael H. Shank (ed.), The Scientific Enterprise in Antiquity and Middle Ages: Readings from Isis (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

"Unless You Believe, You Shall Not Understand: Logic, University, and Society in Late Medieval Vienna" book cover image Michael H. Shank, Unless You Believe, You Shall Not Understand: Logic, University, and Society in Late Medieval Vienna (Princeton University Press, 1988).

Articles

Michael H. Shank, "The Geometrical Diagrams in Regiomontanus's Edition of his Own Disputationes (c. 1475): Background, Production, and Diffusion," Journal for the History of Astronomy 43 (2012), 27-55.

Michael H. Shank, ""Piero's Flagellation of Christ Elucidated?" essay review of David King, Astrolabes and Angels, Epigrams and Enigmas: From Regiomontanus's Acrostic for Cardinal Bessarion to Piero della Francesca's Flagellation of Christ," Journal for the History of Astronomy 42 (2011), 391-403.

Michael H. Shank, "Regiomontanus as a Physical Astronomer: Samplings from the Defence of Theon against George of Trebizond," Journal for the History of Astronomy 28 (2011), 325-349.

Michael H. Shank, "Setting Up Copernicus? Francesco Capuano da Manfredonia's Expositio on the Sphere of Sacrobosco," Early Science and Medicine 14 (2009), 290-315.

Michael H. Shank
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