The history of science provides numerous examples of the way in which imagination, religion and mythology have sometimes helped, sometimes hindered scientific progress. While established ideas and beliefs clearly held back the discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo and Darwin, yet the intuitive knowledge to be found in mythology, art and religion has often proved useful in indicating new ways through which to explore or represent new knowledge of the world. Stories, fables and images have often proved very useful in drawing a fuller picture of the past, understanding the present or imagining the future.
The aim of this conference is to question disciplinary boundaries and to show the dialogue between science and the humanities through specific examples or more general thematic analyses. Papers might consider the role of imagination in science, or address a particular notion (such as chimera, magic) at a specific period.
"Science,Fables and Chimera: Strange Encounters"- June 10-11, 2011
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Université Toulouse 3- Paul Sabatier - France
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