I am an historian of mathematics and natural philosophy in the modern period and hold habilitations as full professor in history of science (M-STO-05) and history of mathematics (MAT-04)

I teach history of mathematics and history of science at the University of Bergamo and have been Professeur invité at the Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot (2011), Mellon Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology (2006) and Francis Bacon Visiting Professor of History again at the California Institute of Technology (2018). I have been a visiting fellow in Cambridge, at Clare Hall in 2004-5 and at Peterhouse in 2018 (Michaelmas Term).

I hold degrees in physics and philosophy awarded by the Università degli Studi di Milano.


I am the author of
  1. The Development of Newtonian Calculus in Britain, 1700-1800, Cambridge University Press, 1989.
  2. Reading the Principia: the Debate on Newton's Mathematical Methods for Natural Philosophy from 1687 to 1736, Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  3. Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method, MIT Press, 2009.
  4. Newton: un Filosofo della Natura e il Sistema del Mondo, Le Scienze, 1998 (translations in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. New Italian edition for Carocci, 2011. An English translation appeared in 2018 for Reaktion Books).
I am a member of
  1. the Executive Committee of the International Commission for the History of Mathematics (vice-Chair).
  2. the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences (effective member).

I belong to the Editorial Boards of
  1. Archive for History of Exact Sciences.
  2. Early Science and Medicine.
  3. Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences.
  4. Historia Mathematica


Awards and Distinctions
  1. Francis Bacon Award awarded by the California Institute of Technology and the Francis Bacon Foundation.
  2. Selma V. Forkosch Prize for the best article published in the Journal of the History of Ideas in 2013.
  3. Sarton Medal awarded by the University of Ghent, Belgium (2012).
  4. Fernando Gil International Prize for the Philosophy of Science, presented by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2011).
  5. Selezione Giuria Scientifica del Premio Letterario Galileo per la Divulgazione Scientifica - anno 2012, prize presented by Comune di Padova.
  6. Section Lecturer, International Congress of Mathematicians (Madrid, 2006).
  7. Life Member, Clare Hall (Cambridge, UK).

Niccolò Guicciardini