I received PhD from the University of Uppsala in 1994, with a dissertation entitled The Enlightenment of Matter, published the same year. In the subsequent years I have worked as a research fellow and, between 2004 and 2012 as Vice Director, at the Museo Galileo in Florence and extensively published essays and books on Lavoisier and early modern chemistry. In 2000 I have been appointed professor of history of science at the University of Bologna. Within this context, I launched a research program on the role of glass in ancient science, the results of which were the publication of the collective volume When Glass matters (2004), the organization of the exhibition Arts et sciences. Le verre dans l’Empire romain (Florence-Paris 2004-2006), and the recent volume The Alchemy of Glass (Sagamore Beach 2009) which was awarded the Bunge Prize in 2013. Between 2004 and 2016 I have been editor of Nuncius. Together with Sven Dupré I have lanunched Nuncius Series. Studies and Sources in the Material and Visual History of Science (Brill, Leiden). in 2016 I have also launched an italian book series Storie di scienza to be published by Editrice Bibliografica of Milan.
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