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 on first Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:00pm Eastern Time. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.
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Megan Piorko is a doctoral fellow at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Her dissertation project explores the materiality of speculative knowledge-making practices in seventeenth-century textual chymical collections. She has held a research fellowship at the Science History Institute and is the Student Representative to the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry.
Katherine Reinhart is the Consortium's 2019-2020 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. in history of art from University of Cambridge. Her book project examines the epistemic and political functions of images in a pivotal early modern scientific institution – the Académie royale des sciences, the first scientific academy in France. It reveals how various types of visual material – from anatomical drawings to allegorical reliefs on coins – were an indispensible part of the Academy’s projects, as well as providing tangible evidence of the scientific ambitions of the French state.
Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)
There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.
November 17, 2017
Discussion of Matthew Crawford, The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800 (Chicago, 2016)
The author joined us. We focused on the Introduction, Chap. 1 and Chap. 4
Please find a pdf of these chapters under "Current Download"
October 13, 2017
Discussion of two recent articles in Isis:
J. Andrew Mendelsohn and Annemarie Kinzelbach, “Common Knowledge: Bodies, Evidence, and Expertise in Early Modern Germany,” Isis, June 2017:259-279.
Evan Ragland, “‘Making Trials’ in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Academic Medicine,” Isis, September 2017: 503-528.
May 5, 2017
POSTPONED Sophie Weeks, "The role of mechanics in Francis Bacon’s Great Instauration," from Zittel, Engel, Nanni, and Karafyllis, eds., Philosophies of Technology: Francis Bacon and His Contemporaries.
April 7, 2017
"A Second Look: Leviathan and the Air Pump," published in Isis, volume 108, No. 1, March 2017.
February 3, 2017
Readings included a recent essay review from Isis by John Henry, a chapter from David Wootton's Invention of Science, and some extracts from Floris Cohen's Rise of Modern Science Explained.
December 2, 2016
Bob Westman of UCSD and André Goddu of Stonehill College discussed with group participants their recent work on Copernicus.
Robert S. Westman, Copernicus and the Astrologers, Dibner Library Lecture, December 12, 2013, Smithsonian Libraries. (Available here.)
André Goddu, “Ludwik Antoni Birkenmajer and Curtis Wilson on the Origin of Nicholas Copernicus’s Heliocentrism,” Isis, v 107, no 2, June 2016, pp. 225-253. (DOI: 10.1086/687031)
October 21, 2016
Participants in Consortium Working Groups attended remotely a symposium held at the University of Minnesota. The symposium will produce a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern History on the topic "Beyond the 'Scientific Revolution:' Thinking Globally about the History of Modern Science." The presenters were:Jorge Canizares Esguerra, UT Austin Hal Cook, Brown Harun Küçük, UPenn Carla Nappi, UBC Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Kapil Raj, EHESS Paris Daniela Bleichmar, USC JB Shank, UMN Program and details
April 14, 2016
The group discussed Peter Dear's "Afterword" for the Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Science and Mary Baine Campbell's chapter on "Literature" from The Cambridge History of Science: Volume 3, Early Modern Science (2006), edited by Katharine Park and Lorraine Daston.
March 10, 2016
We read the first two chapters from David Wootton's recent book, The Invention of Science, L. Daston's review (from the Guardian), and A. Wulff's review (from the Financial Times).
November 12, 2015
The group discussed Kleber Cecon's "Chemical Translation: The Case of Robert Boyle's Experiments on Sensible Qualities," Annals of Science, Vol. 68, No. 2, April 2011, pp. 179-198, as well as Pamela Smith's "In the Workshop of History: Making, Writing, and Meaning," West 86th, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2012), pp 4-31.