Guggenheim Fellow, 1985-86, AAAS Fellow, 1988; International Academy of the History of Science, Corresponding Member,1984, Effective (voting) Member, 1999, Vice President, 2005-09.
Member-at-large, Section L (History & Philosophy of Science), AAAS 1984-87; Chair-elect, Chair, Retiring Chair, Section L, AAAS, 1998-2001; Co-organizer, 12 Sloan Foundation Workshops on “The Nature and limitations of historical knowledge,” 1996-98; Physics in Perspective, Editorial Board, 1997-2007; Physics Today, Book Review Advisory Board, 1997-; Centaurus, Associate Editor, 1994-; Early Science and Medicine, Board of Editors, 2002-; Nuncius, Editorial Board, 2005.
My research area is the history of the physical sciences from antiquity to the early 19th century. I specialize in the history of optics from the 16th to 19th centuries and am working on the final two volumes of an edition of Isaac Newton's optical papers. I am also interested in the historical development of scientific methodology and the interaction of science, technology, and art in the problem of color.
“Twenty-nine years in the making: Newton’s Opticks,”, Perspectives in Science (2008)
“Images: real and virtual, projected and perceived, from Kepler to Dechales,”, Early Science and Medicine (2008)
ed. Carolin Bohlmann, Thomas Fink and Philipp Weiss (Munich: Wilhelm Fink), In search of Cartesian painting: Descartes on the nature of light and color,", Lichtgefüge des 17. Jahrhunderts: Rembrandt und Vermeer, Leibniz und Spinoza, (2008)
Jed Z. Buchwald and Allan Franklin (Berlin, Springer), “Skating on the edge: Newton’s investigation of chromatic dispersion and achromatic prisms and lenses,”, Wrong for the Right Reasons (2005)
“Newton’s ‘experimental philosophy’,”, Early Science and Medicine (2004)