History of Early Modern Science

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Upcoming Meetings

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Past Meetings

  • March 12, 2015

    Sue Wells of Temple University introduced her draft chapter, "'The Anatomy of Melancholy' and Early Modern Medicine."


  • February 12, 2015

    Nahyan Fancy of Depauw University introduced his paper, "Avicenna, Ibn al-Nafis, and New Developments in Physiology in Western Eurasia, 1200-1560"


  • 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


Group Conveners

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    Megan Piorko

    Megan Piorko is a postdoctoral fellow at the Science History Institute. She previously held a dissertation fellowship at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Her research is on 17th century alchemical texts, at the intersection of the history of science and book history. She also serves as the Communications Editor to the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry. 

     

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    Katherine Reinhart

    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. 

     

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