The Early Sciences Working Group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s works-in-progress or to discuss readings on the history of medieval and early modern science that are of particular interest to participants. Meetings are usually held at the Center from 6:00 to 7:30 on second Thursdays.
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December 11, 2014
- Harun Küçük of UPenn will introduce his draft paper, “The Compass and the Astrolabe: Religion and Empirical Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.”
- February 12, 2014
- March 12, 2015
- Sue Wells, Temple University TBA
- April 9, 2015
- 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 Truit 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
- 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 Truit introduced her draft chapter "From Texts to Technology: Mechanical Automata in Courtly and Liturgical Pageantry".
- November 14, 2012 at 6:30 (note special day and time)
- 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 Truit 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.
- October 5, 2011
- Elly Truit introduced "Networks of Travel, Correspondence, and Exchange" by Steven J. Harris and selections from "Matters of Exchange" by Harold J. Cook
- May 4, 2011
- Elizabeth Coates Paschall’s Scientific Revolution: Enlightened Experts and Healing Authority in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia
by Susan Brandt, Temple University
- April 6, 2011
- Accountancy and Systole by Michael Neuss, Columbia University