Report for the 4th Bucharest Colloquium

4th Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science

Experiments and the Arts of Discovery in the Early Modern Europe

12-14 May 2013

Center for the Logic, History and the Philosophy of Science

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

This international colloquium has been organized within the framework of the research project From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy (CNCS grant PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0719, contract no. 294/05/10/2011). Our aim was to put together scholars working on various forms of early modern experimentation and explore several important themes about the sixteenth and seventeenth-century experiments. Among these themes, we would like to highlight the discussion of one of the most important sources of Francis Bacon’s natural histories, the work of the Italian natural philosopher Giovanni Battista della Porta (papers presented in the colloquium by Sergius Kodera and Arianna Borrelli), as well as setting the general framework of experimental natural history (Peter Anstey) and the new medical “experiments” of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Evan Ragland). How Bacon and della Porta relate to each other with respect to experiments presented in their books – many of Bacon’s experiments form the Sylva Sylvarum are from Porta’s Magia naturalis – was part of another (larger) question we ask in our research project: what is “Baconian experimentation”? This question was explored within the first two days of the colloquium in round-up discussions (Dana Jalobeanu, Cesare Pastorino, Sebastian Mateiescu, Claudia Dumitru, James Everest, Mihnea Dobre, Oana Matei, and Richard Serjeantson). More of the context about Bacon’s philosophy was uncovered in the second day of our colloquium. Thus, Daniel Garber explored the relation between Bacon’s Latin natural histories and his Sylva. Sorana Corneanu examined the relation between traditional rhetoric and Baconian theory of imagination. Benedino Gemelli discussed the reception of Bacon and his experiments in the famous Dutch natural philosopher, Isaac Beeckman. Vlad Alexandrescu pointed out another possible connection between Bacon and René Descartes. The final day of the colloquium was opened by Mordechai Feingold’s lecture “What was the ‘Experimental Philosophy’?,” which raised several important problems that were discussed in the final round-up discussion “Experiments in Early Modern Philosophy: historical and historiographical questions” (Dana Jalobeanu, Cesare Pastorino, Peter Anstey). Although was not initially in the colloquium program, Roger Ariew presented a paper on Fromondus’s views about comets. Koen Vermeir explored how mathematics, imagination, and experiments lead to “mathematical experiments” in John Wilkins. Alberto Vanzo discussed a case of Italian experimental activities in the late seventeenth century.

This very brief overview is merely a glimpse into the many fruitful discussions that were generated by papers presented in the 4th Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science. Given the high quality of these papers, we are planning to publish a proceeding of this event.

Updated Program for the 4th Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science

4th Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science
Experiments and the Arts of Discovery in the Early Modern Europe

12-14 May 2013
Center for the Logic, History and the Philosophy of Science
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Program:

Sunday, May 12, 2013
Chair: Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest)
09:30-10:30    Peter Anstey (Sydney), Experimental natural history (keynote lecture)
10:30-11:00    Coffee Break
11:00-12.00    Sergius Kodera (Vienna), The Laboratory as Stage: Giovanni Battista della Porta’s Experiments
12:00-13:00    Lunch Break
Chair: Cesare Pastorino (Sussex)
13:00-14:00    Arianna Borrelli (Wuppertal), The invisible technique: the emergence of transparent glass and the development of Giovan Battista Della Porta’s optical experiments
14:00-14:30    Coffee break
14:30-15:30    Evan Ragland (Alabama), Making Trials in Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth-Century Medicine
15:30-16:30    Jonathan Regier (Paris), Mathematics and experiment in Kepler’s De stella nova (1604)
16:30-17:00    Coffee break
17:00-19:00    Panel-discussion: Baconian experimentation  I (Proponents: Dana Jalobeanu, Cesare Pastorino, Sebastian Mateiescu, Claudia Dumitru, James Everest)

Monday, May 13, 2013
Chair: Roger Ariew (South Florida)
09:30-10:30    Daniel Garber (Princeton) Merchants of Light and Mystery Men: Bacon’s Last Projects in Natural History
10:30-11:00    Cofee break
11:00-12.00    Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest), Inquiry According to the Ancient Parables: Francis Bacon, the Imagination, and the Art of Direction.
12:00-13:00    Lunch break
Chair: Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge)
13.00-14.00    Benedino Gemelli (Bellinzona), Francis Bacon in Isaac Beeckman’s Journal
14:00-14:30    Coffee break
14:30-15:30    Vlad Alexandrescu (Bucharest), Descartes et le rêve (baconien) de “la plus haute et plus parfaite science”
15:30-16:00    Coffee break
16:00-18:00    Panel-discussion: Baconian experimentation II (Proponents: Mihnea Dobre, Oana Matei, Andrea Strazzoni, Adela Deanova)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Chair: Daniel Garber (Princeton)
09:30-10:30    Mordechai Feingold (Caltech), What was the “Experimental Philosophy’? (keynote lecture)
10:30-11:00    Coffee break
11:00-12.00    Albrecht Heeffer (Ghent), The use of material models in physico-mathematics
12:00-13:00    Lunch break
Chair: Peter Anstey (Sydney)
13.00-14.00     Koen Vermeir (Paris), John Wilkins’ mathematical experiments and the perpetuity of discovery (paper written together with Maarten Van Dyck)
14:00-14:30    Coffee break
14:30-15:30    Alberto Vanzo (Warwick), Experimental philosophy in late seventeenth-century Italy
15:30-16:00    Coffee break
16:00-18:00    Round-up discussion: Experiments in Early Modern Philosophy; historical and historiographical questions

4th Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science

4th Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science

Experiments and the Arts of Discovery in the Early Modern Europe

12-14 May 2013

Center for the Logic, History and the Philosophy of Science

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

 

Program:

 

Sunday, May 12, 2013
Chair: Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest)
10:00-11:00     Peter Anstey (Sydney), Experimental natural history (keynote lecture)
11:00-11:30     Coffee Break
11:30-12.30     Sergius Kodera (Vienna), The Laboratory as Stage: Giovanni Battista della Porta’s Experiments
12.30-13.30     Lunch Break
Chair: Cesare Pastorino (Sussex)
13.30-14.30     Arianna Borrelli (Wuppertal), The invisible technique: the emergence of transparent glass and the development of Giovan Battista Della Porta’s optical experiments
14.30-15:00     Coffee break
15:00-16:00     Evan Ragland (Alabama), Making Trials in Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth-Century Medicine
16:00-16:30     Coffee break
16:30-17:30     Jonathan Regier (Paris), Mathematics and experiment in Kepler’s De stella nova (1604)
17:30-18:00     Coffee break
18:00-19:00     Round-up discussion: Experiments in Early Modern Philosophy.
 

Monday, May 13, 2013
Chair: Roger Ariew (South Florida)
10:00-11:00     Daniel Garber (Princeton), Merchants of Light and Mystery Men: Bacon’s Last Projects in Natural History
11:00-11.30     Cofee break
11:30-12.30     Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest), Experimenting with the Operations of the Mind: Medicine and the ‘Intellectual Arts’
12:30-13:30     Lunch break
Chair: Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge)
13:30-14.30     Kathryn Murphy (Oxford), Strategies of Experimental Reading in Francis Bacon and Dean Christopher Wren
14.30-15:00     Coffee break
15:00-16:00     Vlad Alexandrescu (Bucharest), Descartes et le rêve (baconien) de “la plus haute et plus parfaite science”
16:00-16:30     Coffee break
16:30-19:00     Round-up discussion: Baconian experimentation (Proponents: Dana Jalobeanu, Cesare Pastorino, Mihnea Dobre, Oana Matei, Sebastian Mateiescu, Claudia Dumitru)
 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Chair: Daniel Garber (Princeton)
10:00-11:00     Mordechai Feingold (Caltech), What was the “Experimental Philosophy’? (keynote lecture)
11:00-11:30     Coffee break
11:30-12:30     Albrecht Heeffer (Ghent), The use of material models in physico-mathematics
12:30-13:30     Lunch break
Chair: Peter Anstey (Sydney)
13:30-14:30     Koen Vermeir (Paris),  John Wilkins’ mathematical experiments and the perpetuity of discovery
14:30-15:00     Coffee break
15:00-16:00     Benedino Gemelli (Bellinzona), Francis Bacon in Isaac Beeckman’s Journal
16:00-16:30     Coffee break
16:30-17:30     Alberto Vanzo (Warwick), Experimental philosophy in late seventeenth-century Italy
17:30-18:00     Coffee break
18:00-19:00     Round-up discussion (Cesare Pastorino)