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  Images of Early Modern Science
  Images of Early Modern Science  
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סילבוס מקוצר
Practical knowledge is the knowledge needed to produce a certain item; it can take the form of an artistic or mechanical object, or of a specific result of, for instance, a medical treatment or mathematical procedure. The production process of this item is always represented by a workflow, such as the construction process of a machine, the formulation of a recipe, or the creation of an algorithm. The early modern period is characterized by the incremental codification of practical knowledge into texts, diagrams, and images. Being codified, this knowledge is no longer practical but assumes more abstract forms: it becomes the new foundation of a new knowledge structure and a new knowledge system.
The seminar will provide an introduction to this “renovation” process of the sciences during the early modern period by analyzing, discussing, and contextualizing images. Mirroring the process of formation of disciplines and professions, the following knowledge areas will be taken into consideration: cartography, geography, cosmology, anatomy, astrology, alchemy, and mechanics.
One of the aims of the seminar is the creation of a small exhibition.
 
Because of the strong focus on pictorial material and of the wish to end the seminar with an exhibition, the seminar is open not only to students interested in the history of early modern science and technology but also to students of art history and communication.
 
 
General Reading
 
(In case of need) For a general introduction to the European early modern period, also oriented to the framework of history of science, please see
 
Andres Pettegree, Europe in the Sixteenth Century, Blackwell, 2002
 

 
 
Meeting number
Date
Field of research: History of …
Case Study
Aim: Epistemic Aspect
 
1
November 4, 2016
Medicine
The emergence of the iatro-mechanical school
Expansion of the Knowledge System
 
2
November 11, 2016
Alchemy
Production of goods and the economic relevance of alchemy
Systematization of Knowledge
 
3
November 18, 2016
Anatomy
From forensic activity to Vesalius’s scientific investigations
Externalization of Knowledge
Attention: No seminar takes place on November 25, 2016
 
4
December 2, 2016
Machines and shipbuilding
The science of machines and its production management
Reduction of Knowledge
 
5
December 9, 2016
Cartography
The age of discoveries and the development of metric geography
Selection of Knowledge
 
 
6
December 16, 2016
Calendric computistic
The normative- practical character of time-reckoning systems
Regulation of Knowledge
Syllabus
 
 
 

 

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