HPS Colloquia 2019 - 2020

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The colloquium meets generally three times per quarter on Thursdays at 4:30
in the Lane History Building, Room 307, unless noted below.


Please visit the Green library exhibit entitled, Leonardo's library: The World of a Renaissance Reader which celebrated the 500th anniversary on May 2, 1519 of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci with a opening reception of over 300 guest in the library rotunda, complete with dance, music and book art and art performance. The exhibit will be on display in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda - held over - until December 13, 2019. See the article on the exhibit in the Palo Alto newspaper online, May 29, 2019.


  • Gordon Belot, University of Michiganline drawing of old bucket

    November 5th, 2019, 4:30pm

    History Bldg 200, Room 202

    "The Mach-Einstein Principle of 1917-1918"

    Abstract: In 1917 and 1918 Einstein was working on relativistic cosmology and on promoting and explaining general relativity in correspondence. During this period, the thesis that the spacetime metric should be determined by the distribution of matter played an important role in his thought. I will be concerned with interpreting this thesis and with investigating its status in general relativity.


  • Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh, and Surekha Davies, Utrecht University, and Cecile Fromont, Yale University

    "Early Modern Things: New Research and Approaches"

    Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019, 12-2pm

    Building 260 Room 252

    with the CMEMS workshop, lunch will be provided

    Davies paper and images

    Fromont paper

    Warsh paper and images


  • Mario Biagioli, UC Davis, visiting at Stanford CASBS, this year

    November 19, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

    BETWEEN MACHINE & TEXT: GALILEO’S COMPASS AS A TECHNO-LEGAL HYBRID

    Please RSVP to rrogers@stanford and then I will send you the pre-circlulated paper


  • Mikael Wolfe/ Latin American Environmental /History of Science workshop

    November 2019

    with the Center for Latin American Studies


  • Laura Ruetsche, University of Michigan

    At the Philosophy Department, January 10, 2020


  • Mary X. Mitchell, Purdue University

    Title TBA

    Thurs Jan. 30, 2020


  • Workshop on SCIENCE, POLITICS, AND FAITH IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY: THE WORLD OF THE GALILEANS, with Antonio Clericuzio, Giulia Giannini, Maria Conforti, organized by Federica Favino, Marie Curie Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar

    Friday all day, February 7, 2020


  • Marie Ghis Malfilatre, EHESS - organized by Gabrielle Hecht

    Thursday, March 5, 2020


  • Silvia Sebastiani from EHESS, Paris May 5, 2020

  • May 7th Climate Roundtable at CEMEX (TBA), organized by Mikael Wolfe with Deborah Coen, Lydia Barnett and others to be announcement soon

  • May 15 & 16th, 2020 Early Modern Mobilities Workshop, 2 day event at Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, organized by Paula Findlen

    List of participants coming soon


Previous events of the 2019 - 2020 year

Previous Year's HPST Colloquia


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