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

  • 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"

  • 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

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