Pamela O. Long

Welcome to my website. I am an independent historian of late medieval and Renaissance history and the history of science and technology.

I am working on a book, which is a cultural history of engineering and knowledge in Rome between 1557 and 1590.

My latest book is Artisan/Practitioners and the Rise of the New Sciences 1400-1600 (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2011). It came out of the Horning Visiting Scholar lectures that I gave at Oregon State in April 2010. Here is a podcast interview in which I talk about it with Carla Nappi on New Books Network.

I am co-author and co-editor (with David McGee and Alan M. Stahl) of The Book of Michael of Rhodes: A Fifteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript, 3 vols. (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009). Michael of Rhodes was a mariner who began his career as an oarsman on a Venetian galley and who wrote a book in the 1430s. Our three-volume edition has been awarded the Eugene S. Ferguston Prize by the Society for the History of Technology and the J. Franklin Jameson Prize by the American Historical Association.
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I am also a co-author (with Brian Curran, Anthony Grafton, and Benjamin Weiss) of Obelisk: A History (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009).
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My publications include Openness, Secrecy, Authorship: Technical Arts and the Culture of Knowledge from Antiquity to the Renaissance (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best book in intellectual history published in 2001.
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I am the co-editor with Asif Siddiqi and Bob Post of the SHOT/AHA booklet series, "Historical Perspectives on Technology, Society, and Culture."
SHOT/AHA booklets - AHA Publications Store

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