My research examines the impact of global trade on cultural production in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I explore 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.
My new book, Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press. It is scheduled to appear in October 2014.
I was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in January 2014.
I was the Birkelund fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2012/3.
Koen Vermeir and I have co-edited a special issue on secrecy in science for the British Journal for the History of Science. You can read our introduction here. I discussed this article with Dave Levine at Hearsay Culture, and you can listen to the podcast here.