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Mario Biagioli

Mario Biagioli

Professor of Science and Technology Studies - College of Letters and Science, Division of Social Science, UC Davis

Professor of Law - Law School, UC Davis

1246C Social Sciences and Humanities Building
Davis , CA 95616


  1. Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1989
  2. M.A., UC Berkeley, 1986
  3. M.F.A., Visual Studies Workshop & Rochester Institute of Technology, 1984


Experience: Professor, Department of History of Science, Harvard University, 1995-2010; honorary professorial fellowship, School of the Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 2009; Visiting Sixth Century Chair of Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen, 2007-2008

Specialty: Law and science, intellectual property, legal history, ethics, patent law, law and cultural studies




(2013) Nature Engaged: Science in Practice from the Renaissance to the Present, Mario Biagioli and Jessica Riskin (eds), (Palgrave-McMillan)


MacMillan Press

(2011) Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective, Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee (eds), (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011)


(2006) Galileo's instruments of credit: telescopes, images, secrecy

Google Books



( 2003) Scientific authorship: credit and intellectual property in science


(1999) The science studies reader (Edited by Mario Biagioli)


(1993) Galileo, courtier: the practice of science in the culture of absolutism

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Selected Articles and Chapters

2014 "Plagiarism, Kinship and Slavery," Theory, Culture & Society, 31(2/3): 65-91.

2013 “Witnessing Astronomy: Kepler on the Uses and Misuses of Testimony,” in Nature Engaged (edited by Mario Biagioli and Jessica Riskin), New York: Palgrave-McMillan pp. 103-123.

2012 "Recycling Texts or Stealing Time?: Plagiarism, Authorship, and Credit in Science," International Journal of Cultural Property 19:453–476.

2012 "Between Knowledge And Technology: Patenting Methods, Rethinking Materiality," Anthropological Forum 22: 285–300.

2012 "Productive Illusions: Kuhn’s Structure as a Recruitment Tool," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42: 479–484.

2012 "From ciphers to confidentiality: Secrecy, openness and priority in science," British Journal for the History of Science 45: 213-233

2011 "Genius Against Copyright: Revisiting Fichte's Proof of the Illegality of Reprinting," Notre Dame Law Review 86: 1847-67

2010 "Did Galileo Copy the Telescope?", Albert Van Helden et al. (eds), The Origins of the Telescope (Amsterdam: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Press, pp. 203-230).

2010 La grande bugia di Galileo (plus Response in The Times)

2009 “Post-Disciplinary Liaisons: Science Studies and the Humanities”, Critical Inquiry 35: 816-833

2009 “Nature and the Commons: The Vegetable Roots of Intellectual Property,”in Living Properties: Making Knowledge and Controlling Ownership in the History of Biology (Ed.) Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Daniel J. Kevles, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Preprint 382 pp.241-250.

2007 “Bringing Peer Review to Patents,” First Monday 12 (6) Special issue on “Cyberinfrastructure for Collaboration and Innovation”

2006 “Patent Republic: Specifying Inventions, Constructing Authors and Rights,” Social Research 73:1129-1172.

2006 “From Print to Patents: Living on Instruments in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800" History of Science 44:139-86.

2006 Early Modern Instruments Patents Database, 1500-1800: An appendix to “From Print to Patents: Living on Instruments in Early Modern Europe,” History of Science 44 (2006): 139-186.

2006 "Documents of Documents: Scientists' Names and Scientific Claims," in Documents: Artifacts of Modern Knowledge (Ed.) Annelise Riles Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press pp. 129-156

2005 "Galileo's Travelling Circus of Science," in Making Things Public (Ed.) Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel Cambridge: MIT Press pp.460-471.

2003 "Stress in the Book of Nature: The Supplemental Logic of Galileo's Realism," Modern Language Notes 118 (3):557-585

2002 "From Book Censorship to Academic Peer Review", Emergences 12:11-45.

2002 "Picturing Objects in the Making: Scheiner, Galileo and the Discovery of Sunspots" in Ideals and Cultures of Knowledge in Early Modem Europe ( Ed.) Herausgegeben von Wolfgang Detel and Claus Zittel Frankfurt: Akademie-Verlag pp. 39-96

2001 "From Difference to Blackboxing: French Theory versus Science Studies' Metaphysics of Presence" in french theory in america (Ed.) Sylvere Lotringer and Sande Cohen New York: Routledge pp. 271-287

2000 "Rights or Rewards? Changing Context and Definitions of Scientific Authorship" Journal of College and University Law 27 (1): 83-108

2000 "Replication or Monopoly? The Economies of Invention and Discovery in Galileo's Observations" Science in Context 13 (3/4): 547-590

1998 "The Scientific Revolution is Undead", Configurations 6: 141-147

1998 "Long live the deans!" Lancet 352: 899-900

1998 "The Instability of Authorship: Credit and Responsibility in Contemporary Biomedicine," The FASEB Journal 12 (1): 3-16.

1996 "Playing with the Evidence" Early Science and Medicine 1 (1): 70-105

1996 "From Relativism to Contingentism" in The Disunity of Science: Boundaries, Contexts, and Power Ed. Peter Galison and David Stump Stanford: Stanford University Press pp. 189-206 

1996 "Etiquette, Interdependence, and Sociability in Seventeenth-Century Science" Critical Inquiry 22:193-238

1995 "Knowledge, Freedom, and Brotherly Love: Homosociality and the Accademia dei Lincei, 1603-1630," Configurations 3:139-66

1995 "Tacit Knowledge, Courtliness, and the Scientist's Body" In Choreographing History (Ed.) Susan Leigh Foster Bloomington: Indiana University Press pp. 69-81

1994 "Jesuit Science Between Texts and Contexts" Study of History and Philosophy of Science 25 (4): 637-646

1992 "Scientific Revolution, Social Bricolage and Etiquette " in The Scientific Revolution in National Context Ed. Roy Porter and Mikulas Teich New York: Cambridge University Press

1992 "Science, Modernity, and the 'Final Solution'" in Probing the Limits of Representation: Nazism and the "Final Solution" Cambridge: Harvard University Press pp. 185-205

1992 "Filippo Salviati: A Baroque Virtuoso," Nuncius 7:81-96

1991 "The Knight, The Virgin, The Pilgrim" Strategies: Journal of Theory, Culture & Politics 4/5: 127-133

1990 "The Anthropology of Incommensurability," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 21 (2): 183-209

1990 "New Documents on Galileo," Nuncius 6:157-169

1990 "Galileo's System of Patronage" History of Science 28 (1):1-62

1990 "Galileo the Emblem Maker" Isis 81 (2): 230-258

1989  "The Social Status of Italian Mathematicians, 1450-1600" History of Science, 27 (1): 41-95

1988 "Meyerson: Science and the "Irrational" Study of History and Philosophy of Science 19 (1):5-42

1987 "Meyerson and Koyre: Toward a dialectic of scientific change" History and Technology 4: 169-182

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