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 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 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.
There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.
March 6, 2013
Selections from Ann Blair's "Too Much to Know"
February 6, 2013
Elly Truitt introduced her draft chapter "From Texts to Technology: Mechanical Automata in Courtly and Liturgical Pageantry".
November 14, 2012
Nicolas Wey-Gomez of CalTech introduced selections from his "The Tropics of Empire. Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies". Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology. Ed. Jed. Z. Buchwald. Cambridge, Mass. and London: The MIT Press, 2008.
October 3, 2012
Jonathan Seitz introduced a discussion of digital editions, their advantages and disadvantages and the possibilities they offer for new uses. The group also planned the rest of the year's meetings.
May 2, 2012
Susan Wells of Temple introduced "Oratory and Rhetoric in Renaissance Medicine" by Nancy Siraisi and "Rhetorical and Medicine in Descartes' Passions de l'âme: The Issue of Intervention" by Nancy Struever.
April 4, 2012
Jonathan Seitz of Drexel introduced selections from "The Professor of Secrets: Mystery, Medicine, and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy" by William Eamon
March 7, 2012
"Politics and Astrology in Renaissance Hungary" by Darin Hayton, Haverford College
February 1, 2012
"'A very imperfect trial': Notes on Martin Lister's Book of Shells" by Jessica Rosenberg, UPenn
November 9, 2011
Elly Truitt introduced "The Empire of Observation, 1600-1800" by Lorraine Daston, and "Frogs on the Mantelpiece: the Practice of Observation in Daily Life" by Mary Terrall.
October 5, 2011
Elly Truitt introduced "Networks of Travel, Correspondence, and Exchange" by Steven J. Harris and selections from "Matters of Exchange" by Harold J. Cook