Mauricio Nieto

Mauricio Nieto Olarte has a Doctorate in the History of Science from London University. He is currently titular Professor at the Department of History and Geography as well as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. His research has focused on the relationship between science, technology and politics in imperial and colonial contexts. He has worked on European expeditions to the New World, on natural history, cartography and navigation in order to explain the role of such techno-scientific practices in the political and cultural history of the Hispano-American world from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth. He has been teaching courses and seminars in History and Sociology of Science in different universities in Latin America and Colombia for the past 20 years.
His most important publications include Remedios para el imperio: historia natural y la apropiación del nuevo mundo, Bogotá-ICANH, 2000, winner of the Silvio Zavala Award in Colonial History of America, (Mexico) 2001; La Obra Cartográfica de Francisco José de Caldas, Universidad de los Andes, 2006; Orden Natural y Orden Social: ciencia y política en el Semanario del Nuevo Reyno de Granada, Madrid-CSIC, 2007 awarded the Alejandro Ángel Escobar prize in Social Science (Bogotá) 2008; Las máquinas del Imperio y el reino de dios. Reflexiones sobre ciencia, tecnología y religión en el mundo atlántico del siglo XVI, Universidad de los Andes, 2013 and Una historia de la verdad en Occidente, Fondo de Cultura Económico-Universidad de los Andes, 2019.

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