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McGill HPS: Paula Findlen, 15-16 oct

Chers amis / Dear friends,

La semaine prochaine, on a le plaisir d’accueillir Prof. Paula Findlen, qui donnera une conférence publique le lundi 15 octobre à 18h, et aussi une exposé en format “atelier” le mardi 16 (à 17h). Voir plus bas pour les détails.

Paula Findlen est titulaire du chaire Ubaldo Pierotti en histoire italienne, et co-directeur du programme en histoire et philosophie des sciences et des techniques, à l’université Stanford. Elle a notamment publié: Possessing Nature: museums, collecting and scientific culture in early modern Italy (Berkeley, 1994), et (dir.) Merchants and Marvels: commerce, science and art in early modern Europe (Routledge, 2002).

Next week we will welcome Professor Paula Findlen, who will be giving a public lecture on Monday 15th (at 6pm), and a workshop-style seminar paper on Tuesday 16th (at 5pm). Full details below.

Paula Findlen is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History, and co-chair of the program in the history and philosophy of science and technology, at Stanford University. Among her numerous publications are Possessing Nature: museums, collecting and scientific culture in early modern Italy (Berkeley, 1994), and (as editor) Merchants and Marvels: commerce, science and art in early modern Europe (Routledge, 2002).

All welcome / Ouvert à toutes et à tous.

1) Public Lecture / Conférence publique
The D. Lorne Gales Lecture in the History of Science

Monday 15 October, 6pm
Paula Findlen (Stanford University)

After Leonardo: The Artist as Scientist in Seventeenth-Century Italy

Moot Court, Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 rue Peel (above ave Dr Penfield)
A cheese and wine reception will follow.

In 1670 the Sicilian painter Agostino Scilla published a book with the curious title of Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense. A careful account of the fossil record of Malta and Sicily, Scilla’s book participated in debates about the nature of fossils, siding with those who argued for their organic nature. This talk explores one of the central premises of Scilla’s methodology: namely, his claim to have superior insight into nature as a painter. In doing so, it also considers his relationship to the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci who made similar claims at the end of the fifteenth century.

2) Seminar-Workshop / Séminaire-atelier:

Tuesday, 16 October, 5pm
Paula Findlen (Stanford University)

Living in the Shadow of Galileo: Antonio Baldigiani, a Jesuit Scientist in Late Seventeenth-Century Rome

Don Bates Seminar Room, Social Studies of Medicine Building,
3647 Peel (above ave Dr Penfield)

Precirculated paper available from:

Antonio Baldigiani (1647-1711), professor of mathematics at the Roman College, represents the invisible face of post-Galilean science. His only publications reflect his intense relationship with the Jesuit polymath Athanasius Kircher in the late 1670s and his involvement, at the request of the Holy Office, in representing the Jesuit position in the Chinese rites controversy. Unpublished material, however, reveals the centrality of Baldigiani to virtually every conversation of importance between Rome and Florence regarding the evolving relationship between science and religion in the late seventeenth century. His close friendship with Francesco Redi, his participation in Giovanni Giustino Ciampini’s Accademia fisicomatematica (1677-98), his intense negotiations with Vincenzo Viviani regarding the rehabilitation of Galileo, and his encounter with Leibniz all make Baldigiani an intriguing figure in understanding Roman science between the trial of Galileo and the age of the Enlightenment.

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