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► CANCELED: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Thursday, April 4, 2024
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)
This seminar has been canceled.
Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of History, Stanford University,

"Algarotti's Book, Newton's Prisms: Myths of Science in the Eighteenth Century"

Francesco Algarotti's Newtonianism for Ladies (1737) was one of the most popular and widely discussed scientific books of its time. Frequently reprinted and translated, it became a barometer of the passion for Newtonian science in the eighteenth century. This talk explores the relationship between Algarotti's book and another icon of Newtonian science – Isaac Newton's prisms which he did the "crucial experiment" separating light into the spectrum of colors. How did Algarotti present himself as a Newtonian?

For more information, please contact Fran Tise by phone at 626-395-3609 or by email at [email protected].