Professor Richard Yeo
Professor Richard Yeo
Richard Yeo Personal Chair, Faculty of Arts, Griffith University, researches in History and Philosophy of Science (European) 17th-19th Century, in Cultural and Intellectual History of Information and in the History of the Book.
The Politics and Rhetoric of Scientific Method: Historical Studies (D. Reidel, Boston and Dordrecht, 1986), (edited with J.A. Schuster). This book is volume 4 of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (General ed. Rod Home).
Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain (Cambridge University Press, 1993), a 290 page monograph in the ‘Ideas in Context’ series. Joint winner of W.K. Hancock Prize, 1993-4.
Defining Science, op.cit., reissued in paperback 2003.
Telling Lives in Science: Essays on Scientific Biography (edited with M. Shortland), Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Encyclopaedic Visions: Scientific Dictionaries and Enlightenment Culture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 (a 350 page monograph).
Science in the Public Sphere: Natural Knowledge in British Culture, 1800-60, London: Ashgate, Variorum series, 2001.
Inaugural Professorial Lecture, May 2004, A Philosopher and his Notebooks: John Locke (1632-1704) on Memory and Information. Online via Griffith University Library Catalogue.
‘Managing Knowledge in Early Modern Europe’: an essay review of Peter Burke, A Social History of Knowledge: From Gutenberg to Diderot, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2000, in Minerva 40, no. 3 (2002), 301-314.
‘The Encyclopaedic Life’: review symposium, Metascience, vol. 11, no. 2 (2002), 154-176. Consists of three reviews (by D. Miller, J. Topham and M. Frasca-Spada) and reply by me as author (pp. 171-76).
‘A Solution to the Multitude of Books: Ephraim Chambers’s Cyclopaedia (1728) as “the best Book in the Universe”’, Journal of the History of Ideas, 64 (2003), 61-72.
‘John Locke’s “Of Study” (1677): interpreting an unpublished essay’, Locke Studies 3 (2003), 147-65.
‘John Locke’s “New Method” of Commonplacing: Managing Memory and Information’, Eighteenth Century Thought, 2 (2004), 1-38.
The Australian 7 July 2004, pp. 32-33 on 300th anniversary of death of John Locke
‘Before Memex: Robert Hooke, John Locke, and Vannevar Bush on External Memory’, Science in Context 20/1 (2007), 21-47.
‘Between Memory and Paperbooks: Baconianism and Natural History in seventeenth-century England’, History of Science, 45 (March 2007), 1-46.
‘Lost Encyclopedias: Before and After the Enlightenment’, Book History, 10 (2007), 47-68.
‘Notebooks as Memory Aids: Precepts and Practices in Early Modern England’, invited for Memory Studies, 1 (2008) 115-136.
Chapters in Books
‘Encyclopaedic Knowledge’, in Marina Frasca-Spada and Nicholas Jardine (eds) Books and the Sciences in History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 207-224
‘Encyclopedias’, in A. Hessenbruch (ed), Reader’s Guide to the History of Science, London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001, pp. 208-9.
‘William Whewell’, in P. Harman and S. Mitton (eds) Cambridge Scientific Minds, Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 51-63
‘Classifying the Sciences’, in ed. Roy Porter (ed), Cambridge History of Science: Volume 4, The Eighteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 241-66. A Chinese translation is due in August 2007.
‘Encyclopaedias’, entry in J. Heilbron et. al. (eds) The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 252-55.
‘Encyclopaedic Collectors: Hans Sloane and Ephraim Chambers’, in R. Anderson, M. Caygill and L. Syson (eds), Enlightening the British, London: British Museum, 2003, 39-36.
‘William Whewell’, new and revised 7000 word entry for the The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 60 vols, (Oxford University Press, 2004), vo. 58, pp. 463-70.
‘Encyclopaedias and Enlightenment’, in Iain McCalman (general editor), The Enlightenment World, Routledge World Studies Series, 2004). pp. 350-65
‘Encyclopedism’ in the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, ed. M. C. Horowitz, 6 vols (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons,2005), vol. 2, pp. 669-73.
‘John Locke and Polite Philosophy’ in The Philosopher in Early Modern Europe: The Nature of a Contested Identity, ed. C. Condren, S. Gaukroger, and I. Hunter (Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 254-275.
‘John Locke’s “New Method” of Commonplacing: Managing Memory and Information’ reprinted in Peter Anstey (ed), John Locke: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Series II, 4 vols (Routledge, 2006), in vol. 4, pp. 243-280.