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HPST is devoted to the study of the history and current development of the sciences, technology and medicine. The disciplinary focus of the group is the history of science, history of ideas, STS and philosophy and sociology of science. The purpose of the unit is to firmly anchor this field of research and teaching at the department for philosophy and the history of ideas. The working language of the group is English and we welcome all colleagues with an interest in this field of research.

The Unit activities are announced at the beginning of term and include:

-          Research presentations by invited speakers

-          HPST/CSS Term Seminar (jointly organised with the Centre for Science Studies, AU)

-          Work-in-Progress sessions and brown bag seminars based on the research of group members.

Journal Club and information sharing regarding conferences, funding opportunities, new publications field, etc.

Begivenheder F2019

MONDAY FEBRUARY 11, 13.30-15.00 ROOM 1467/616: 

DÁNIEL MARGÓCSY (University of Cambridge): 



This talk examines the reception history of Jan van der Straet (Stradanus)’ Nova reperta, the iconic visual account of the modern inventions of the scientific revolution. It reconstructs how contemporary publics responded to Stradanus’ prints within Europe and across the globe. As I argue, the Nova reperta had a rather limited reception compared to the rest of Stradanus’ oeuvre; modern inventions seem not to have been popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Interest in Stradanus was limited to the circles of the Medici in Florence, who used his prints to invent a tradition of supporting learnings and craftsmanship, and to a few humanists and antiquarians who used the Nova reperta within a highly religious framework. The talk focuses on two case studies: the French engraver Melchior Tavernier, who relied on the prints of the Nova reperta in a court case agains the booksellers’ guild in the Paris of the 1620s, and the Oxford antiquarian Thomas Hearne, who used the Nova reperta to learn more about the the early history of printing in order to criticize the 18th-century book trade in the wake of the Copyright Act of 1710. As these two cases reveal, the Nova reperta’s images were used for highly political purposes in this period, and were not taken to be as unproblematic accounts of artisanal or scientific work.


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