Working Groups

Early Modern Science

The Early Modern Science Working Group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.  Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 3:30 to 5:00 on first Fridays.  Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.

  • Peter Dear

    Peter Dear is Professor of the History of Science at Cornell University. His research focus is on the history of European science in the seventeenth century. He teaches more broadly in the history of science, however, and in the fairly new field of science and technology studies.

     

  • Robert Westman

    Robert Westman is Professor of History at U.C. San Diego. His research focus is on the history of fifteenth-century astronomy and the cultural and political context of Copernicus and his work.

     

Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • December 11, 2014

    Harun Küçük of UPenn introduced his draft paper, "The Compass and the Astrolabe: Religion and Empirical Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire."

  • November 13, 2014

    Bruce Moran of the University of Nevada, Reno introduced his draft paper "Preserving the Cutting Edge: Traveling Woodblocks, Material Networks, and Visualizing Plants in Early Modern Europe"

  • October 9, 2014

    Elly Truitt introduced chapter six, "The Trouble with Taxa," from Daryn Lehoux's What did the Romans Know? An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking.

  • April 10, 2014

    Alisha Rankin of Tufts introduced her draft paper, "To Cure a Thief: Testing Poison Antidotes in Early Modern Europe."

  • March 13, 2014

    Darin Hayton of Haverford College introduced his paper "Byzantium: the Other East."

  • December 12, 2013

    Joel Klein of Indiana University introduced his "Daniel Sennert and the Quest for a (Nearly) Universal Medicine".

  • November 14, 2013

    Nicholas Harris of UPenn introduced a chapter from his dissertation Better Religion through Chemistry: ‘Izz al-Din Aydemir al-Jildaki and Alchemy under the Mamluks.  This chapter examines the alchemist al-Jildaki’s legacy, and, more broadly, discusses the implications of the omission of early modern Arabic alchemy from the history of alchemy.

  • October 10, 2013

    Darin Hayton of Haverford College introduced the "Introduction" to his book Astrology and Politics in the Holy Roman Empire

  • May 2, 2013

    Joel Klein of Indiana University introduced selections from "Communities of Learned Experience: Epistolary Medicine in the Renaissance" by Nancy G. Siraisi

  • April 19, 2013

    Stephen Greenblatt's "The Swerve"

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