Tuesday, April 13, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 2010
A conversation with Stanford Professor of History Paula Findlen about Athanasius Kircher, the 17th-century German Jesuit scholar.
Outro music: Midlake, "Van Occupanther"
Paula Findlen's main interests are the scientific revolution, natural history before Darwin, and the history of medicine; her regional emphasis is on Italy in the age of Galileo. She is a scholar of the history of science and medicine and teaches history of science before it was "science" (which is, after all, a nineteenth-century word). Findlen specializes in the rise of modern science, medicine, and technology during the European Renaissance, especially in Italy, by looking at the intersection of science, art, and technology.
* In the Shadow of Newton: Laura Bassi and Her World. Under completion, advance contract with Knopf/Vintage.
* A Fragmentary Past: The Making of Museums in Late Renaissance Italy. Manuscript completed.
* Italy's Eighteenth Century: Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour. Ed. with Wendy Wassyng Roworth and Catherine Sama. Stanford University Press, 2009.
* The Contest for Knowledge: Debates over Women’s Learning in Eighteenth-Century Italy. Agnesi, Maria Gaetana, Diamante Medaglia Faini, Aretafila Savini de' Rossi, and Accademia de' Ricovrati. Eds. and Trans. Rebecca Messbarger and Paula Findlen. University of Chicago Press, 2005.
* Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything. Ed. Paula Findlen. Routledge, 2003.
* Beyond Florence: The Contours of Medieval and Early Modern Italy. With Michelle Fontaine and Duane Osheim. Stanford University Press, 2003.
* Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science, and Art in Early Modern Europe. Ed. with Pamela Smith. Routledge, 2002.
* The Italian Renaissance: Essential Readings. Ed. Paula Findlen. Blackwell Publishers, 2002.