History of Early Modern Science

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Past Meetings

  • 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


  • 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.


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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