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Dr J V Field

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow

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  • With J. A. Reeds and W. Diffie (eds), Breaking Teleprinter Ciphers at Bletchley Park: an edition of I. J. Good, D. Michie, and G. Timms, General Report on Tunny with emphasis on statistical methods
 (1945), edited and with introductions and notes by J. A. Reeds, W. Diffie and J. V. Field (IEEE/Wiley, 2015). ISBN 978-0-470-46589-9
  • Piero della Francesca: A Mathematician's Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005)
  • Science in Art: Works in the National Gallery that illustrate the History of Science and Technology, co-authored with F. A. J. L. James, British Society for the History of Science Monograph, no 11(Stanford in the Vale, 1997, ISBN 0-906450-13-6). Distribution by Lavis Marketing (73 Lime Walk, Headington, Oxford OX3 7AD, UK, tel: +44.1865.767575; email:
  • The Invention of Infinity: Mathematics and Art in the Renaissance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).
  • Johannes Kepler, The Harmony of the World, translated into English with an introduction and notes, co-authored with E. J. Aiton and A. M. Duncan, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, 209 (Philadelphia, 1997, ISBN 0-87169-209-0, US ISSN 0065-9738).
  • L. B. Alberti, De la pintura, introduction and notes by J. V. Field, preliminary study and translation by J. Rafael Martínez, (Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1996. ISBN 968-36-4344-2 and 968-36-1887-1).
  • Kepler's Geometrical Cosmology (London and Chicago, 1988).
  • The Geometrical Work of Girard Desargues, with J. J. Gray (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1987).
  • Early Gearing: Geared Mechanisms in the Ancient and Mediaeval World [exhibition catalogue], with M. T. Wright (London, 1985).
  • Byzantine and Arabic mathematical gearing, with D. R. Hill and M. T. Wright ( London, 1985).

Edited books and journals

  • Renaissance and Revolution: Humanists, Craftsmen and Natural Philosophers in Early Modern Europe, ed. with F. A. J. L. James (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993) (Reprint in paperback 1997).

Selected journal articles and chapters in books

  • 'Kepler's Cosmological Theories: their agreement with observation', Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 23, 1982, 556-568.
  • 'A Lutheran Astrologer: Johannes Kepler', Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 31, 1984, 189-272.
  • With M. T. Wright, 'Gears from the Byzantines: a portable sundial with calendrical gearing', Annals of Science, 42, 1985, 87-138.
  • 'Two mathematical inventions in Kepler's Ad Vitellionem paralipomena', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 17(4), 1986, 449-468.
  • 'Linear perspective and the projective geometry of Girard Desargues', Nuncius, II.2, 1987, 3-40.
  • 'What is scientific about a scientific instrument?', Nuncius, III.2, 1988, 3-26.
  • With R. Lunardi and T. B. Settle, 'The perspective scheme of Masaccio's Trinity fresco', Nuncius, IV.2, 1989, 31-114.
  • 'Some Roman and Byzantine portable sundials and the London sundial-calendar', History of Technology, 12, 1990, 103-135.
  • 'Piero della Francesca and the "distance point method" of perspective construction', Nuncius, 10.2, 1995, 509 - 530. [ISSN 0394-7394]
  • 'European Astronomy in the First Millennium: the Archaeological Record', in C. Walker (ed.), Astronomy before the Telescope, London: British Museum Press, 1996, 110 - 122. [ISBN 0-7141-1746-3] (Italian translation, L'astronomia prima del telescopio, Dedalo, Bari 1997.) Reprint 1999.
  • 'Rediscovering the Archimedean polyhedra: Piero della Francesca, Luca Pacioli, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Daniele Barbaro, and Johannes Kepler', Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 50 (no 3 - 4),1997, 241 - 289.
  • 'When is a proof not a proof ? Some reflections on Piero della Francesca and Guidobaldo del Monte', in La Prospettiva: Fondamenti teorici ed esperienze figurative dall'Antichità al mondo moderno. Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi, Istituto Svizzero di Roma ( Roma, 11 - 14 settembre 1995), ed. R. Sinisgalli, Firenze: Edizioni Cadmo, 1998, 120 - 132, figs pp. 373 - 375.
  • 'Sigint and Automation', IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 25 (No 1, January - March), 2003, 65 - 66.
  • 'Renaissance mathematics: diagrams for geometry, astronomy and music', Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 29(3), 2004, 259 - 277.
  • 'British cryptanalysis: the breaking of 'Fish' traffic', in Ad Maas and Hans Hooijmaijers (eds), Scientific Research in World War II. What Scientists did in the War, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. 213 – 231. [Ch. 13] ISBN 0-7103-1340-3; 978-0-7103-1340-9.
  • 'Perspective and the Paris Academy', in Claire Farago (ed.), Re-Reading Leonardo: The Treatise on Painting across Europe from 1550 to 1900, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009, pp. 255 – 266. [Ch. 10]
  • 'Kepler's Harmony of the World', in Johannes Kepler: From Tübingen to Zagan [Proceedings of a conference held in Zielona Gora in June 2008], eds Richard L. Kremer & Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk, Studia Copernicana, vol. 42, 2009, pp. 11 - 28.
  • 'The realism of Copernicus and Kepler', Oriens-Occidens, no 7, 2009, pp. 239 – 267.
  • 'Kepler's place in the history of science', in Kepler's Heritage in the Space Age, eds. A. Hadravova, T.J. Mahoney and P. Hadrava, Acta historiae rerum naturalium necnon technicarum, vol. 10, Prague: National Technical Museum 2010, pp. 11 -16.
  • 'Lo sguardo matematico nell' arte rinascimentale italiana', in Claudio Bartocci and Piergiorgio Odifreddi (eds), La Matematica, vol. 3, Suoni, forme, parole, Turin: Einaudi, 2011, pp. 319 – 343.
  • 'Ratio and proportion in the Renaissance', in Proportions: Science - Musique - Art & Architecture [Proceedings of a conference held at the Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours, June-July 2008], eds S. Rommevaux, P. Vendrix and V. Zara, Turnhout: Bepols, 2011 [appeared 2012], pp. 29 – 50.