David Topper | Leonardo

David Topper

David Topper is Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. His teaching fields are the History of Science and the History of Art. He was the recipient of two teaching awards: the Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Winnipeg (1981), and the National 3M Teaching Fellowship (1987). Since 1982 he has been an international co-editor of the journal Leonardo. His research and publications reflect the eclectic nature of his interests, covering facets of the art/science interface: philosophical matters and historical case studies on the nature of and interaction between art and science, the role of perception in science and art, and the realm of scientific illustration.

Some recent publications include The Parallel Fallacy: On Comparing Art and Science, British Journal of Aesthetics (1990); Towards an Epistemology of Scientific Illustration, in Picturing Knowledge, ed. B. Baigrie (Toronto, 1996); Trajectories of Blood: Artemisia Gentileschi and Galileoâs Parabolic Path, Womanâs Art Journal (1996); "The Neutrino and the Sydney Opera House," Leonardo (1997); "The Visual Arts and the Natural Sciences: An Annotated Bibliography," Leonardo Website (1998–); and "On Anamorphosis: Setting Some Things Straight," Leonardo (2000). Email: crb@rpi.edu.

Books and Journal Articles

General Articles

On Anamorphosis: Setting Some Things Straight

April 2000
Leonardo Reviews

Observing the Moon: The Modern Astronomer's Guide

August 2001
Leonardo Reviews

The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen Jay Gould. The Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., and London, U.K., 2002. 1433 pp., illus. $39.95 Trade. ISBN: 0-674-00613-5

April 2003

Behind the Picture: Art and Evidence in the Italian Renaissance

February 1999

Stairways to the Stars: Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures

April 2000

Perspectives on Science: Historical, Philosophical, Social

June 2000

The Moon and the Western Imagination

August 2000

Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons

February 2001

Cardano's Cosmos: The Worlds and Works of a Renaissance Astrologer

February 2001

The Discovery of Pictorial Composition: Theories of Visual Order in Painting, 1400–1800

April 2001

Stargazing: Astronomy Without a Telescope

February 2002

Structure in Science and Art

February 2002

The Universe Unveiled: Instruments and Images Through History

February 2002

Ptolemy's Geography: An Annotated Translation of the Theoretical Chapters

April 2002

Leonardo on Painting

August 2002
Leonardo Reviews

The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuit of UFOs by Brenda Denzler. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A., 2001. 313 pp. Trade. $35.00. ISBN: 0-520-22432-9

February 2003
Leonardo Reviews

The Scientific Temper: An Anthology of Stories on Matters of Science

August 2003
Leonardo Reviews

The Ambassadors' Secret: Holbein and the World of the Renaissance

February 2004
Leonardo Reviews

Giants of Delft: Johannes Vermeer and the Natural Philosophers: The Parallel Search for Knowledge During the Age of Discovery

June 2004