On the Nature of Things: Modern Perspectives on Scientific Manuscripts

University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Penn's Department of History & Sociology of Science, Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 8:30am

Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA

First Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age Time: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia This year's symposium examines scientific manuscript book production in Western Europe, Asia, and the Arabic world before the year 1600. It consists of two events: a public lecture hosted by PACHS and the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Friday, October 24 and a day-long symposium hosted by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Penn. On Saturday, October 25, six scholars will present papers on various topics ranging from medieval astronomy, alchemy, chiromancy, scientific writing in the Near East, to the influence of Arabic scientific manuscript production on the medieval West. The symposium will conclude with a panel of digital humanities scholars who will discuss the role of new technologies in advancing our understanding of this period in the history of science. A related exhibition in the Rosenwald Gallery will include scientific manuscripts selected from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Schoenberg Collection. Registration for this event is now closed.