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Research at St Andrews

Aileen Fyfe


Aileen Fyfe, FHEA, MYAS
Postal address:
School of History
Modern History
St Katharine's Lodge, The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462996

Research overview

My teaching and research focuses upon British cultural history in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I work on the history of science and technology, particularly the communication and popularisation of science, and the technologies which made that possible. I am also interested in the history of publishing, reading and authorship; in the historical relations between science and religion; and in popular science.

I am currently leading an AHRC-funded project on the world's oldest scientific journal; we are interested in the history of scholarly publishing, and the editorial and commercial practices associated with scholarly publishing.

My last book was the prize-winning Steam-Powered Knowledge: William Chambers and the business of publishing, 1820-1860 (2012), which investigates the connections between technology and instructive publishing in the mid-19th-century.

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