Enlightenment science and Newtonianism, European intellectual history, especially 17th and 18th centuries, Renaissance science and culture, Old Regime France and the French Revolution, the history of Silicon Valley
The Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French Enlightenment. Shank, JB, University of Chicago Press, 2008.
"There was no such thing as the 'Newtonian Revolution,' and the French initiated it:' Eighteenth-century Mechanics in France Before Maupertuis". Shank, JB, Author, 2004.
"Fontenelle's Calculus: The Cultural Politics of Mathematics in Louis XIV’s France". Shank, JB, in David Glimp and Michelle Warren eds, Arts of Calculation: Numerical Thought in Early Modern Europe, Palgrave/McMillan, 2004.
"On the Alleged Cartesianism of Fontenelle". Shank, JB, 2004.
Review: "J.A. English-Lueck, Cultures@Silicon Valley (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002).. Shank, JB, 2003.
Review Essay: "Descartes in the Age of Jurassic Technology: A Review of Recent Scholarship,". Shank, JB, H-France http://www3.uakron.edu/hfrance/reviews/shank2.html, Author, May, 2003.