For all things early modern science studies, including: history and philosophy of science, science in/as culture, scientific print and performance, transatlantic and global studies of science in empire
Francesco Luzzini deposited (Re)Shaping a Method: Field Research and Experimental Legacy in Antonio Vallisneri’s Primi Itineris Specimen (1705) in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 1 month, 2 weeks ago
In: “Connecting Territories: Exploring People and Nature, 1700-1850,” eds. S. Boscani Leoni, S. Baumgartner and M. Knittel, Leiden, Brill, 2021, pp. 54-57.
Andrea Sinclair deposited High Times in Ancient Egypt: The Use and Abuse of Psychoactive Plant Identifications in Alternative Egyptology in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Text to a presentation on the misrepresentation of ancient Egyptian psychoactive consumption in academic publications and public media that was given by me at the Alternative Egyptology Symposium, hosted by the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, 14-04-2021. There is an academic paper in preparation.
REASON, IDEA, PHILOLOGY INTELLECTUAL HISTORY IN LITERARY CONTEXTS (WRITTEN
ON THE MARGINS OF CYPRIAN NORWID’S “MILCZENIE” (“SILENCE”))
The article examines the 19th century evolution of history of ideas and its relatedness to literary studies.
The debate whether philology, philosophy, and history are autonomous humanistic disciplines or
Elisabeth Moreau deposited Pestilence in Renaissance Platonic Medicine: From Astral Causation to Pharmacology and Therapy in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Pestilential diseases formed a category of epidemic and often fatal diseases, whose outbreak, causes and treatment were challenging to explain in the Renaissance. In exploring this theme in sixteenth–century Galenic medicine, I examine the Platonic account of “occult” diseases and treatment that was proposed by the French physician Jean Ferne…[Read more]
James McElvenny deposited Language Complexity in Historical Perspective: The Enduring Tropes of Natural Growth and Abnormal Contact in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 5 months, 1 week ago
Focusing on the work of John McWhorter and, to a lesser extent, Peter Trudgill, this paper critically examines some common themes in language complexity research from the perspective of intellectual history. The present-day conception that increase in language complexity is somehow a “natural” process which is disturbed under the “ab…[Read more]
Elisabeth Moreau deposited Vegetal Analogy in Early Modern Medicine: Generation as Plant Cutting in Sennert’s Early Treatises (1611–1619) in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 7 months, 2 weeks ago
This chapter examines the use of vegetal analogy in late Renaissance physiology through the case of the German physician Daniel Sennert (1572–1637). It is centered on Sennert’s explanation of generation, in particular the transmission of life through the vegetative soul within the seed, as developed in his early works on medicine and alchemy, the…[Read more]
Paul Michael Kurtz deposited The Philological Apparatus: Science, Text, and Nation in the Nineteenth Century in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Philology haunts the humanities, through both its defendants and its detractors. This article examines the construction of philology as the premier science of the long nineteenth century in Europe. It aims to bring the history of philology up to date by taking it seriously as a science and giving it the kind of treatment that has dominated the…[Read more]
Medicine has long framed race relations in the Caribbean-that basin where African and European cultures have met from the beginning of the Colonial Period to the twentieth century. Whether Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum and President of the Royal Society of London, who as a physician wrote about African medical beliefs and…[Read more]
Gonzalo Fernós Maldonado (1887-1966) fue uno de los arquitectos más destacados en Puerto Rico durante las primeras dïcadas del siglo XX, cuyos logros y habilidades lamentablemente han quedado en el olvido colectivo. Este libro, escrito por su nieto, trata de resucitar la historia de su vida en un momento histórico muy diferente al con…[Read more]
Rodrigo Fernos deposited Science Still Born: The Rise and Impact of the Pan American Scientific Congresses, 1898-1916 in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 8 months ago
The Pan-American Scientific Congresses ushered a new scientific era in Latin America. Bringing together scientists, engineers, and medical researchers from both South and North America, they facilitated the exchange of ideas between the two regions at the beginning of the twentieth century. Nobel Prize thinkers such as Albert Michelson and others,…[Read more]
Rodrigo Fernos deposited Science and Sovereignty: Western Ideas about Science and Nation and their Expression in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 8 months ago
Science and democracy are two of the most cherished values of Western Civilization, so much so that they are often associated with each other. With science, it is held, comes democracy. But, will democracy necessarily blossom with the seed of science? Inversely, does the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory on December 1, 2020 represent a predictor…[Read more]
When the same $9 billion allocated to a nation’s annual budget (Puerto Rico 2015) is spent on a single scientific instrument (Hubble telescope) or to administer a single scientific facility for a year (CERN), we might presume that science is today a monolithic enterprise, akin to what the pyramids of Ancient Egypt had been in their day. Yet when…[Read more]
Los Congresos Científicos Pan-Americanos abrieron una nueva época de intercambio científico no solamente dentro de los pa?ses de América Latina sino entre estos y los Estados Unidos. Figuras importantes como Albert. A. Michelson, ganador del Premio Nobel en 1907, regularmente atendieron estas conferencias, así ayudando a difundir los últimos avanc…[Read more]
Biology and Ethics provides a historian’s perspective of the attempts to ground an ethics within a biological framework. Aside from its analysis of schools as social Darwinism, eugenics, and sociobiology, it attempts to evaluate their veracity using cases as Japan’s Unit 731, the Guatemala Syphilis study, and others. In spite of the much disputed…[Read more]
The purpose of this book is to analyse the role which the development of the German Altertumswissenschaft at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries had (in combination with the English-French intellectual base) on the birth of the Romantic reception of the ancient traditions in Poland.
Dominik Hünniger deposited The “Normative Forces” of Difference: Ecology, Economy and Society during Cattle Plagues in the Eighteenth Century in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 10 months, 3 weeks ago
One of the recurring themes in the public perception of containment policies during the current COVID-19 pandemic are the supposedly uneven and everchanging measures taken up by international, national and local authorities. This is especially the case in countries with a federal structure, like Germany. Not surprisingly, historical containment…[Read more]
Dominik Hünniger deposited Bilder machen – Charaktere, Stereotype und die Konstruktion menschlicher Varietät bei Johann Friedrich Blumenbach in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 11 months, 1 week ago
This chapter analyses the image production practices of the Goettingen university anatomist and natural historian Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752–1840) and the Berlin artis Daniel Chodowiecki (1726-1801) when they collaborated on Blumenbach’s Beyträge zur Naturgeschichte (1790). Blumenbach wanted Chodowiecki to produce family scences for each of…[Read more]
Evina Steinova deposited The Oldest Manuscript Tradition of the Etymologiae (eighty years after A. E. Anspach) in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
The Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville was one of the most widely read works of the early Middle Ages, as is evidenced by the number of surviving manuscripts. August Eduard Anspach’s handlist from the 1940s puts their number at almost 1,200, of which approximately 300 were estimated to have been copied before the year 1000. This article, based on a…[Read more]
Mateus Yuri Passos deposited The Chudnovsky Case: How Literary Journalism Can Open the “Black Box” of Science in the group Science Studies and the History of Science on Humanities Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
Literary journalism offers an important way for explaining the complexity of the scientific world to a lay audience. An analysis of two of Richard Preston’s pieces published by The New Yorker, “The Mountains of Pi” and “Capturing the Unicorn” and how they give emphasize science-in-the-making.
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