Ian Wills

BE, M Eng Sci (New South Wales), PhD (Sydney)
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Ian Wills turned to the history and philosophy of science after a 30 year career in engineering. His interests relate to the history and philosophy of technology especially the processes by which novel artefacts are created and the work of Thomas Edison as an exemplar of such processes.

Current Interests

Ian is currently working in the areas of late nineteenth and early twentieth century technological history, and the preservation of Australian industrial heritage as a historic source.

Selected Publications

Wills, Ian. 2013. Duct leakage and leakage testing.Eco Librium 12 (3):44-48
Wills, Ian. 2009. Is biology reverse engineering? Paper read at Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science Conference, 11-13 July, at University of Queensland.
Wills, Ian. 2009. Edison and science: A curious result. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 40 (June):157-166
Wills, Ian. 2008. Edison, patents and systems. Paper read at Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science Conference, 8-10 July, at La Trobe University, Melbourne Vic.
Wills, Ian. 2007. Instrumentalising failure: Edison's invention of the carbon microphone. Annals of Science 64 (3):383-409
Wills, Ian. 2007. Edison, Science and Artefacts. Paper read at Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science Conference, 30 June-2 July, at University of New England, Armidale NSW.
Wills, Ian. 2007. Edison, Science and Artefacts. Paper read at &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1, 11-14 October, at University of Pittsburgh

Other professional contributions

Ian is a professional engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. In addition to his research interests in history and philosophy of science he continues to practice engineering and undertake research in engineering related subjects.