Ancient Science in the Renaissance, a symposium to be held in the context of the Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Tempe, AZ, April 11-13 2002.
Convinced that it would be worth to organize a panel on the assimilation of
ancient science during the Renaissance, I would like to get in contact with
colleagues interested in this topic.
I am thinking of questions like the collections of manuscripts on determined
topics, the critical editions of scientific texts, their Latin translations
and/or commentaries, the market of books, their diffusion and circulation,
and, hence, the dissemination of ideas, the introduction of works into the
university curriculum (or, on the contrary, the disappearance of some from
the curriculum), the effect of the availability of new texts on methods of
teaching, their impact on the discipline they deal with (including the
polemic they provoked in certain cases), or on the profession they are
related with, including the possible effect on society of the phenomenon,
or, and among others, the possible re-evaluation of medieval and Arabic
culture at the light of the newly discovered works. Of course, all
scientific fields are considered, from natural and physical sciences to
mathematics and astronomy, for example, including medicine and pharmacy, as
well as astrology and alchemy.
I invite the interested colleagues to contact me, in order to determine if
it will be possible to organize such a panel. Proposals should include title
of the proposed paper, abstract (no longer than 150 words), full name and
affiliation, audio-visual requirements (if any). Of course, suggestions,
reactions and comments are most than welcome.
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