Lynn Thorndike Biography

Lynn Thorndike (July 24, 1882–December 28, 1965) was professor of history at Columbia University.


Medieval Europe, its development & civilization. London & Sydney, G. G. Harrap & company ltd., 1920.

A history of magic and experimental science. 8 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1923-58.

The history of medieval Europe, by Lynn Thorndike. Rev. ed. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928.

Science and thought in the fifteenth century; studies in the history of medicine and surgery, natural and mathematical science, philosophy and politics, by Lynn Thorndike. New York: Columbia University Press, 1929.

A catalogue of incipits of mediaeval scientific writings in Latin, by Lynn Thorndike and Pearl Kibre. Cambridge, Mass.: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1937.

Traditional medieval tracts concerning engraved astrological images. Louvain: Bibliothèque de l'Université, 1947.

A short history of civilization, by Lynn Thorndike. 2d ed. New York: Appleton Century-Crofts, 1948.

The Sphere of Sacrobosco and its commentators. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1949.

Latin treatises on comets between 1238 and 1368 A. D. Edited by Lynn Thorndike. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1950.

The place of magic in the intellectual history of Europe. New York: AMS Press, 1967.

University records and life in the Middle Ages, by Lynn Thorndike. New York: Norton, 1975.

A guide to the study of medieval history, by Louis John Paetow; with errata compiled by Gray C. Boyce and an addendum by Lynn Thorndike; prepared under the auspices of the Mediaeval Academy of America. Rev. and corr. ed. Millwood, N.Y.: Kraus Reprint, 1980, 1917.