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Dániel Margócsy

University Lecturer in Science, Technology and Medicine before 1800


Dániel Margócsy studies the cultural history of early modern science. He has taught at Northwestern University and at Hunter College, the City University of New York, and received his PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2009.

His first book, Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age (Chicago, 2014) has examined the impact of global trade on cultural production in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It explores how commercial networks played a crucial role in the growth and transmission of empirical knowledge; and how commercial secrecy and marketing transformed the public sphere and the Republic of Letters.

His current research interests include a census of all surviving copies of Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica, popular magic in 17th-century France, and the visual culture of early modern zoology in a global context.

Research interests

History of early modern natural history, history of early modern medicine, the global history of science, commerce and science, the history of the book, visual studies of science.


Books and edited volumes

Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.

'States of Secrecy', a special issue of the British Journal for the History of Science 45/2, 2012, co-edited with Koen Vermeir, with contributions by M. Biagioli, P. Galison, S. Hilgartner, V. Keller, D. Margócsy, and K. Vermeir.

Journal articles and book chapters

'Jacques de Gheyn II and Vesalius', co-authored with Mark Somos and Stephen Joffe, Print Quarterly, 33 (2016), 293–295.

'Petrus Paaw's Sources', co-authored with Mark Somos and Stephen Joffe, Print Quarterly, 33 (2016), 295.

'Szatírok a természetrajzban a Reneszánsztól Darwinig: A mítosz és a tudományos hálózatok' (= Satyrs in Natural History from the Renaissance to Darwin: Myth and Scientific Networks), 2000 (April 2015), 60–68.

'Certain Fakes and Uncertain Facts: Jan Jonston and the Question of Truth in Religion and Natural History', in: Marco Beretta and Maria Conforti, Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits and Deception in Early Modern Science, Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, 2014, 190–225.

'Govert Bidloo's Liver: Human Symmetry Reflected', The Lancet (383/9918, Feb. 22, 2014), 688–689, co-authored with Rachel Guest and Steven J. Wigmore.

'The Fuzzy Metrics of Money: The Finances of Travel and the Reception of Curiosities in Early Modern Europe', Annals of Science 70 (2013), 381–404, special issue In Kind: Species of Exchange in Early Modern Science and Philosophy, edited by James Delbourgo and Justin E.H. Smith. Hungarian translation published as 'Mindennek mértéke a pénz: Az utazás ára és a ritkaságok fogadtatása a kora újkori Európában', 2000 (February 2014), 37–54.

'States of Secrecy: Introduction'. British Journal for the History of Science 45 (2012), 153–164, co-authored with Koen Vermeir.

'The Camel's Head: Representing Unseen Animals in Sixteenth-Century Europe', Netherlands Yearbook of Art History 61 (2011), 62–85.

'A Museum of Wonders or a Cemetery of Corpses? The Commercial Exchange of Anatomical Collections in Early Modern Netherlands', in: Sven Dupré and Christoph Lüthy (eds), Silent Messengers: The Circulation of Material Objects of Knowledge in the Early Modern Low Countries, Berlin: LIT, 2011, 185–216.

'"Refer to folio and number": Encyclopedias, the Exchange of Curiosities and Practices of Identification before Linnaeus', Journal of the History of Ideas 71/1 (2010), 63–89.

'A teve feje: ismeretlen állatok ábrázolása a tizenhatodik századi Európában', 2000 (July-August 2010), 97–108 (a modified and shorter version of 'The Camel's Head' in Hungarian).

'Advertising Cadavers in the Republic of Letters: Anatomical Publications in Early Modern Netherlands', British Journal for the History of Science 42/2 (2009), 187–210.

'A hiteles zsiráf: az egzotikum ábrázolása a Reneszánszban' (= The Credible Giraffe: Imaging the Exotic in the Renaissance), in: Judit Ambrus et al. (eds), Margonauták, Budapest: MTA Rec.iti, 2009, 494–503.

'A Komáromi Csipkés Biblia Leidenben' (= The Hungarian Bible of György Komáromi Csipkés in Leiden), Magyar Könyvszemle 124/1 (2008), 15–26.

'Csöd, Tömeg, Csödtömeg: The Semantic History of the Hungarian Equivalents of Crowd', in: Jeffrey Schnapp and Matthew Tiews (eds), Crowds, Stanford University Press, 2007, 300–303.

Articles for a broader audience

'Networking with a Book, or How Vesalius Gave away his Complimentary Copies of the Fabrica', co-authored with Mark Somos and Stephen Joffe, Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit, published on 27 October 2015.

'Utószó', afterword to Jessie Burton, A babaház úrnöje (=The Miniaturist), Budapest: Libri, 2015, 496–503.

'Spin a 3D Representation of a Beautiful 17th-Century Globe', Slate Vault, 12 December 2014.

'How One 17th-Century Artist Produced a Good Painting of an Animal He'd Never Seen', Slate Vault, 21 November 2014.

'The Mysterious Geometry of Swordsmanship, Gorgeously Illustrated', Slate Vault, 25 September 2014.

'You Want That with Pictures? How To Publish Images in a Scholarly Book'Dissertation Reviews Talking Shop, published on 28 February 2014.

'A Philosophy of Wax: The Anatomy of Frederik Ruysch', in: Joanna Ebenstein and Colin Dickey (eds), The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, New York: Morbid Anatomy Press, 2014, 82–99.

'Texts Matter, Minds Don't: An Interview with Mario Biagioli'Szabad Változók, 2007.

Dániel Margócsy

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