Category Archives: History of Science

Making and Knowing: Early Modern Geometries

The Newberry Library and Northwestern University are hosting an upcoming conference: Making and Knowing: Early Modern Geometries, a History of the Book Symposium The conference will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 and Friday, October 30, 2015. The schedule … Continue reading

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Guerre, Circulations et Transferts Culturels

I recently participated in a fascinating conference in Paris on “Guerre, circulations et transferts culturels de la renaissance à l’Empire” (War, Circulation and Cultural Transfers from the Renaissance to the French Empire), organized by Hervé Drévillon and Arnaud Guinier. Conference … Continue reading

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Warburg Institute Saved by Court Ruling

The famed Warburg Institute in London has been saved by an English court ruling. According to a press release by the Warburg Institute: “To the benefit and relief of scholars worldwide, the High Court has rejected the University of London’s … Continue reading

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Problems with Big Data

Big Data is touted as revolutionary by many media pundits and computer enthusiasts, but there are serious limitations to the uses of so-called Big Data. An op-ed in the New York Times discusses the many problems with Big Data. The … Continue reading

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When Robots Can Kill

Robotic technology is advancing rapidly, raising questions about decision-making processes in shooting to kill. Although robotics have many applications, much of the research on robots is funded by military services and defense contractors. This raises serious ethical questions for university … Continue reading

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New Findings on the Black Death

Recent DNA research on plague victims has led to new findings on the Black Death, published yesterday at the Lancet online. According to the BBC, “A team has compared the genomes of the Justinian Plague and the Black Death to … Continue reading

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Air in Enlightenment Europe

The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies presents: Eighteenth-Century Seminar Tobias Menely, Miami University “History’s Atmosphere: The Matter of Air in the Enlightenment” Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00 pm For a lecture description, see: http://www.newberry.org/02222014-tobias-menely The paper for this seminar will … Continue reading

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