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.
To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.
Mary Terrall is Professor of History at UCLA. Her research focuses on French natural history during the enlightenment.
Robert S. Westman, Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, is interested in all areas of early modern science. His recent research has focused on Copernicus and astrological culture.
Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)
There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.
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"
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