Event – Impact of the Humanities on the Development of European Science

Instituto Veneto, Venice, Italy, 10-15.06.2004 Deadline: 15.04.2004

The purpose of this summer school is to show how the humanities and the sciences have interacted in a creative way since the Scientific Revolution, and how that fruitful dialogue is carried out at the present time. A number of cases will be examined, and ways of enhancing the dialogue will be outlined and discussed. The initiators of this project stress the importance of helping young scholars realise the role that the humanities must continue to play if our civilisation is not to become a mere technological one, severed from its cultural roots.

The lecturers are well-known historians of science, philosophers of science, and art historians. The audience will be composed of twenty doctoral and post-doctoral students from European countries who will be chosen by a Selection Committee. One of the main goals of the Summer School is to bring together young researchers to enable them to create their own European network. The lecturers and the participants will be lodged together in Venice and will share meals in common. Students must undertake to attend all the lectures and to stay for the full five days.


1. How Greek philosophy gave birth to Greek science. 2. How Renaissance painting influenced the science of optics. 3. How Ancient Greek speculation gave Copernicus arguments for a new cosmology. 4. How theology influenced the science of Kepler and Galileo. 5. How Newton saw the cultural dimension of scientific research.

6. How Linaeus drew his ideal of scientific order from the culture of his day. 7. How the Anthropic Principle stimulated research into the nature of the Big Bang.

Contact: Ms. Carole Mabrouk [email protected] Further information:

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