Surekha Davies
Cultural Historian, Utrecht University

Surekha Davies is a historian of art, science and ideas at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and the author of the multi-awardwinning Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (2016). She is currently writing two books: on curiosity cabinets, and on monsters.

Written by Surekha Davies

A facsimile of the Carta marina (1539) by Olaus Magnus. Photo courtesy Wikipedia

Here be black holes

Like sea monsters on premodern maps, deep-space images are science’s fanciful means to chart the edges of the known world

Surekha Davies