A Special Note About This Website

This website was created by Michael Sean Mahoney, Professor of the History of Science at Princeton University until his death in Summer 2008. Professor Mahoney combined the unique specializations of the history of medieval and early modern science (especially mathematics), and the history of technology (especially modern computing).

Professor Mahoney worked on developing this site for just about as long as Princeton University has had an internet. The contents of this website include articles — both ones he wrote and contributions by other authors — images, illustrations, interactive modules, scholarly lectures, and extensive teaching materials.*

These pedagogical materials comprise one of the chief legacies of Professor Mahoney’s work. Not only did he assemble detailed college-level syllabi, complete with linked readings, but he also produced (under “Projects by and for Teachers”) a series of materials to be used by secondary school teachers, so that they could enrich their history teaching with episodes from the history of science and technology. We at Princeton believe that there could be no more fitting tribute to our colleague and friend, Mike Mahoney, than to ensure that this material remains available.

* The URL for this website has changed as of November 2009. Please take note of the new address for all future citations. This site is no longer actively updated. Inquiries should be directed to Jean Mahoney (jeanmahoney@verizon.net).


Michael S. Mahoney

Professor of History
Program in History of Science
Department of History



Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

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