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Renaissance science – XLIV

This blog post is a modified version of two blog posts from my The emergence of modern astronomy–a complex mosaic series and yes it involves self plagiarism. I wrote it, rather than simply linking, because the content also belongs in this blog post...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 28 Sep 2022

Segev, “Sciences Migrate, Just Like People: Botanical Knowledge in the Iberian Empires,” PS, July-Aug,

Ran Segev, “‘For the Sciences Migrate, Just Like People’: The Case of Botanical Knowledge in the Early Modern Iberian Empires,” Perspectives on Science 30/4 (2022).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 15 Sep 2022

Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (1651)

By Joseph L. Black Title page from the 1651 edition at the Huntington Library Frontispiece from the 1651 edition at the Huntington Library Appearing in eight editions (plus additional issues) between 1621 and 1676, seven of them in folio, Robert...

Renaissance science – XLIII

The world has been full of sound since the Earth first acquired an atmosphere somewhere around three billion years ago. Sound is the principle means with which humans communicate with each other. Hearing is one of the five senses with which humans perceive...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 15 Sep 2022

Appel à contributions : Transbordeur. Photographie histoire société, n° 8, « Histoires écologiques de la photographie : science, politique, philosophie, matérialité »

Appel à contributions : Transbordeur. Photographie histoire société, n° 8, « Histoires écologiques de la photographie : science, politique, philosophie, matérialité » Le numéro 8 de la revue Transbordeur interrogera avec une perspective historique...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 5 Sep 2022

Renaissance science – XLII

As with much in European thought, it was Aristotle, who first made a strong distinction between, what was considered, the two different realms of thought, theoretical thought epistêmê, most often translated as knowledge, and technê, translated...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 24 Aug 2022

History of science is global history

The simple statement that the history of science is global history is for me and, I assume, for every reasonably well-informed historian of science a rather trivial truism. So, I feel that James Poskett and the publishers Viking are presenting something...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 17 Aug 2022

The Wizard Earl’s mathematici 

In my recent post on the Oxford mathematician and astrologer Thomas Allen, I mentioned his association with Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland, who because of his strong interest in the sciences was known as the Wizard Earl. HENRY PERCY, 9TH...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 3 Aug 2022

Renaissance science – XXXX

As we have seen in previous episodes, Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522–1605) was one of the leading natural historians of the sixteenth century. The first ever professor for natural history at the University of Bologna. Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522 – 1605)....
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 27 Jul 2022

The sixteenth century dispute about higher order algebraic equations and their solution

The Early Modern period is full of disputes between scholars about questions of priority and accusations of the theft of intellectual property. One reason for this is that the modern concepts of copyright and patent rights simply didn’t exist then,...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 20 Jul 2022

Renaissance science – XXXIX

Over a series of episodes, we have followed how the Renaissance Humanists introduced materia medica into the university curriculum developing it from a theoretical subject to a practical empirical field of research and then over time, how the modern...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 13 Jul 2022

Mathematician, astrologer, conjurer! 

It is almost impossible to imagine a modern university without a large mathematics department and a whole host of professors for an ever-increasing array of mathematical subdisciplines. Mathematics and its offshoots lie at the centre of modern society....
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 6 Jul 2022

Appel à publication : « Une débauche de noir : la couleur noire à la Renaissance »

Appel à publication : « Une débauche de noir : la couleur noire à la Renaissance » Numéro XXVII du Verger sous la direction de Paul-Victor Desarbres, Charles-Yvan Elissèche, Estelle Leutrat et Adeline Lionetto. La couleur noire prend, au fil des...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 30 Jun 2022

Appel à communication : « L’animal dans l’imaginaire de l’Asie : alter ou alter ego ? » (Paris, 13-14 janvier 2023)

Appel à communication : « L’animal dans l’imaginaire de l’Asie : alter ou alter ego ? » (Paris, 13-14 janvier 2023) Colloque international organisé par l’Association Asie-Sorbonne, le 13 et 14 janvier 2023 Résumé Ce colloque propose d’explorer...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 30 Jun 2022

Renaissance science – XXXVIII

There is a strong tendency to regard the so-called scientific revolution in the seventeenth century as a revolution of the mathematical science i.e., astronomy and physics, but as I have pointed out over the years many areas of knowledge went through...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 29 Jun 2022

Renaissance science – XXXVII

Over a series of posts, we have followed the emergence of the science of botany out of the Renaissance humanist physicians’ endeavours to integrate materia medica, the study of simples or medical herbs, into the Renaissance university teaching curriculum....
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 15 Jun 2022

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Today the Renaissance Mathematicus officially became a teenager, although I think it’s been one since it first emerged into the digital world thirteen years ago, snotty-nosed, stroppy, belligerent, argumentative, anti-authority, whilst at the same time...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 11 Jun 2022

The swashbuckling, philosophical alchemist

If you go beyond the big names, big events version of the history of science and start looking at the fine detail, you can discover many figures both male and female, who also made, sometime significant contribution to the gradual evolution of science....
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 8 Jun 2022

The race competition

An old photograph of the former home of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Belles Lettres, and Arts at Bordeaux. It was located on the fashionable Avenue du Tourny. On January 15, 2019, I received an unexpected phone call from Henry Louis Gates Jr. I had...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 2 Jun 2022

Renaissance science – XXXVI

As I have sketched in recent episodes of this series, the adoption of materia medica into the curriculum for medical studies at the Renaissance universities, led fairly rapidly to an empirical turn in the study of simples (i.e., medical herbs) and over...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 1 Jun 2022

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