David Topper

Retired Professorat University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg,
Canada

David Topper, Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, teaches both History of Science and 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 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: "Newton on the Colors of the Spectrum," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (1990); "The Parallel Fallacy: On Comparing Art and Science," British Journal of Aesthetics (1990); "Towards an Epistemology of Scientific Illustration," in Picturing Knowledge: Historical and Philosophical Essays Concerning the Use of Art as Science, ed. B. Baigrie (University of Toronto Press, 1996); "Perspectives on Perspective: Gombrich and his Critics," in Gombrich on Art and Psychology, ed. R. Woodfield (1996); (with C. Gilles) "Trajectories of Blood: Artemisia Gentileschi and Galileo's Parabolic Path," Woman's Art Journal (1996); (with D. Vincent), "An Analysis of Newton's Projectile Diagram," Euro. Jour. Physics (1997); "Galileo, Sunspots, and the Motions of the Earth: Redux," Isis (1999); "On Anamorphosis: Setting Some Things Straight," Leonardo (2000); "'I know that what I am saying is rather obscure': On Clarifying a Passage in Galileo's Dialogue," Centaurus (2000); and "[History of] Physics," in History of Modern Science and Mathematics (Scribner's, 2002).

Journal Articles:

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
General Articles

On Anamorphosis: Setting Some Things Straight

April 2000
Leonardo Reviews

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

August 2003
Leonardo Reviews

Observing the Moon: The Modern Astronomer's Guide

August 2001
Leonardo Reviews

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

February 2004
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
Leonardo Reviews

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

June 2004

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