Summary: History of Scottish Science; Social History of Science; Enlightenment Science, especially Chemistry; Science, Language and Literature; Science, Art and Aesthetics; Theoretical Historiography.
John Christie is a long-standing member of the HPS Division. His core interests are in the history of early modern science, most particularly the histories of alchemy and chemistry. He is also a historian of Enlightenment, and the role of science within it, most particularly the case of Scotland.
He has developed further interests in the twentieth-century relations between physics, painting, music, and literature. Currently he is working on a reinterpretation of science in Enlightenment in England, focusing on Leeds scientific savant, Joseph Priestley.
History of Scottish Science
Social History of Science
Enlightenment Science, especially Chemistry
Science, Language and Literature
Science, Art and Aesthetics
- 'The Social Standing of Science: Some Contemporary History', History of the Human Sciences 8 (1995), 103-10.
- 'Historiography of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century: Hermann Boerhaave and William Cullen', Ambix 41 (1994), 4-19.
- 'A Tragedy for Cyborgs', Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology 1 (1993), 171-96.
- 'The Human Sciences: Origins and Histories', History of the Human Sciences 6 (1993), 1-12.
- 'Aurora, Nemesis and Clio', British Journal for the History of Science 26 (1993), 391-403.
- 'William Cullen and the Practice of Chemistry', in William Cullen and the Eighteenth Century Medical World, ed. by A. Doig et al. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1993), pp. 98-109.