Past Event

Symposium - The Materiality of Scientific Knowledge

September 30, 2016
5:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia

Throughout the long history of scientific investigation, knowledge was formulated, shared, legitimated, and disseminated in manuscript and printed text, as well as in paintings, drawings, and engravings. These material factors —the conditions of writing, printing, and image making —underwrite the exchange and dissemination of scientific knowledge from classical antiquity to the nineteenth century. This cross-disciplinary symposium will investigate the myriad, often contradictory, vocabularies we use to analyze images and text in scientific writing. Its goal is to promote more fruitful interdisciplinary, collaborative work in the history of scientific thought.

The Keynote Address, “Copying as Translation: Direct Observations v. Copied Scientific Illustrations,” will be given by Sachiko Kusukawa, Fellow, History and Philosophy of Science, Trinity College, the University of Cambridge on Friday, September 30, at 5 pm. Please register for the keynote address online.

Free and open to the public. ID required to enter University buildings.