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Curriculum Vitae and Publications

University of British Columbia




BA (English) University of Victoria

MA (Intellectual History) University of Sussex

DPhil Studies (English and Philosophy) Oxford University

PhD (English) Stanford University


Teaching Positions:

1979-86 University of Ottawa

1986-present University of British Columbia


Visiting Positions:

1990-91 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Bonn

May 1995 Visiting lecturer, Yenching Graduate Institute, Beijing

April 1997 Overseas Research Fellow, Centre for Science Development, South Africa

2002 Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, UBC

Main Publications:


Milton's Good God: A Study in Literary Theodicy. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1982. xii + 292 pp.

The Cambridge Companion to Milton. Ed. Dennis Danielson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989. xiv + 297 pp.; rpt. 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997; second edition 1999.

Christes Bloodie Sweat (a 2000-line meditative poem by John Ford). In The Nondramatic Works of John Ford. Ed. L. E. Stock, G. D. Monsarrat, J. Kennedy, and D. Danielson. Binghamton, NY: MRTS and the Renaissance English Text Society, 1991.

The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking. Edited by Dennis Richard Danielson. [Includes 40,000 words of critical commentary by the editor and 14,000 words of original translations from Latin, German, French, and Italian.] Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2000. xxxvi + 554 pp. [Short-listed for the Canadian Science Writers Association "Science and Society" Book Award, 2000. Named to the Editor's Choice Top Ten Books on Science for the year 2000.]

The First Copernican: Georg Joachim Rheticus and the Rise of the Copernican Revolution. New York: Walker & Co., 2006. 264 pp.


Selected refereed articles and chapters

“Timelessness, Foreknowledge, and Free Will.” Mind 86 (1977): 430-32.

“Milton’s Arminianism and Paradise Lost.” Milton Studies 12 (1978): 47-73.

“On Toads and the Justice of God.” Milton Quarterly 13 (1979): 12-14.

“Imago Dei, ‘Filial Freedom,’ and Miltonic Theodicy.” ELH 47 (1980): 670-81.

“Milton and Early America: ‘Evangelical Strains.’” In Ringing the Bell Backward: The Proceedings of the First International Milton Symposium. Ed. Ronald G. Shafer. Indiana, Pa.: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1982. Pp. 75-84.

“Sidney, Greville, and the Metaphysics of ‘Naughtinesse.’” English Studies in Canada 10 (1984): 265-77.

“The Logic of Pope’s Optimism.” Christianity and Literature 34 (1986): 23-36.

“Through the Telescope of Typology: What Adam Should Have Done.”Milton Quarterly, 23.3 (October 1989): 121-27.

“God.” In The Spenser Encyclopedia. Ed. A. C. Hamilton et al. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1990. Pp. 334-35.

“Eve” and “The Fall.” The Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature. Ed. David L. Jeffrey. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991. pp. 251-54, 271-73.

“The Fall of Man and Milton’s Theodicy.” In The Cambridge Companion to Milton (see above). Pp. 113-129; revised and reprinted in The Cambridge Companion to Milton, second edition.

“Milton, Bunyan, and the Clothing of Truth and Righteousness.” In Heirs of Fame: Milton and Writers of the English Renaissance. Ed. Margo Swiss and David Kent. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 1995. Pp. 247-69.

“Catechism, The Pilgrim’s Progress, and the Pilgrim’s Progress.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 94.1 (January 1995): 42-58.

“The Beginning, the Pilgrimage, and the End in Protestant Literature of Seventeenth-Century England: Herbert, Milton, Bunyan.” In Western Literature and Christianity. Ed. Zhao Luorui. Beijing: Peking UP, 1996. Pp. 36-54. (In English with Chinese translation)

“Othello: Idolatry and the Telling of Stories.” Shakespeare in Southern Africa 9 (1996): 22-31 (appeared Spring 1998). The same article, slightly adapted, also appeared in Chinese translation in the Journal of Christian Culture and Literature, China People’s University, Beijing.

“Scientist’s Birthright: How a new name embodied ideals of connection and inclusiveness.” Nature, vol. 410 (26 April 2001)

“The Great Copernican Cliché.”American Journal of Physics, 69.10 (Oct. 2001): 1029-1035.

“Poeticizing the Earth in the Copernican Cosmos.” Scientiae et artes: Die Vermittlung alten und neuen Wissens in Literatur, Kunst und Musik (Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung 38). 2 vols. Edited by Barbara Mahlmann-Bauer. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2004. Pp. 399-409.

“Achilles Gasser and the Birth of Copernicanism,” Journal for the History of Astronomy 35.4 (Nov. 2004): 457-474.

Articles on Dante, Bruno, J. Wilkins, Milton, and E.A. Poe—and translation of the article on Kant—for the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, edited by Thomas Hockey et al. New York: Springer, 2007.

“Rheticus and the Birth of Trigonometry.” Algorismus: Studien zur Geschichte der Mathematik und der Naturrwissenschaften. Edited by Menso Folkerts. Forthcoming Munich, 2007. [5000 words]

Reviews in Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Modern Philology, Calvin Theological Journal, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, Renaissance Studies, Journal for the History of Astronomy, Milton Quarterly, and the Vancouver Sun.


Selected recent presentations

“The Great Copernican Cliché.” Invited plenary address to the combined meeting of the American Astronomical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, San Diego, 11 January 2001.

 “Copernicus and the Enthronement of the Sun.” The Notre Dame History of Astronomy Workshop, Notre Dame, Indiana, 5-8 July 2001.

 “Copernicus and the Tale of the Pale Blue Dot.” Invited lecture to the Space Telescope Science Institute (custodians of the Hubble Space Telescope), Baltimore, 17 October 2001.

“Humanity’s evolving view of cosmology.” Invited lecture to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vancouver Branch, MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium, 10 September 2002.

“Milton and Copernicus.” Lecture delivered at Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun; University of Warmia and Mazuria, Olstyn; Jagiellonian University, Krakow, October 23, 25, 28 (respectively), 2002.

“Religious Responses to the Copernican Cosmos.” History of Science Society Meeting, Milwaukee, 8 November 2002.

“Rheticus and the Birth of Trigonometry.” Opening plenary lecture to the conference  on Astronomy as a Model for the Sciences in Early Modern Times (organized by the Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften), Munich, 21 March 2003.

“Copernicus and the Tale of the Pale Blue Dot.” Invited plenary address to the annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, Denver, 26 July 2003.

“Art and Science before Science Envy.” Keynote address to the “Science Envy” Symposium at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, UBC, Vancouver, 17 October 2003.

“Computing Milton’s God.” Invited plenary address to the annual meeting of the Milton Society of America, San Diego, 29 December 2003.

“Copernicus Lost” and “Copernicus Regained.” Invited series, the Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University, University of Waterloo, 21 and 22 October 2004.

“Milton and Copernicus.” Paper presented at the Eighth International Milton Symposium, Grenoble, 7 June 2005.

“Das vielbewegte Leben des ersten Kopernikaners.” Invited lecture on Rheticus to the Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Deutsches Museum, University of Munich, 2 February 2006.

“Why Aristotle took so long to die.” Invited talk to the session “Cosmology: Past, Present, and Future,” American Physical Society, Dallas, 22 April 2006.

“Rheticus, the First Copernican: How a man who loved stars and triangles launched modern astronomy.” Public lecture at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago, 1 June 2007.