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CESTA Seminar | F. Favino "Mapping Galileo's legacy: the 'Borelli Galaxy' project"

May 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
broadcast live via zoom



Dr. Federica Favino will join us to present:

"Mapping Galileo’s legacy: the ‘Borelli Galaxy’ project"

What did it mean to be a 'new philosopher' in 17th-century Italy? Was it a mere theoretical option to embrace Galileo's philosophy and scientific methodology or rather the result of individual relationships, encounters and experiences? Did the stand against Aristotelianism also represent a way of expressing political dissent for the "galileists"? The life and work of the physicist and mathematicians Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1601–1679)—analyzed through the powerful methodology of the digital network analysis—provide a great case study to address such questions. This talk presents the on-going ‘Borelli Galaxy’ project (EC Horizon 2020 - CESTA Stanford), its objectives, its methodologies and its first promising results.

Federica Favino is a Marie Curie post-doc visiting scholar at the Department of History at Stanford University, coming from The University of Rome La Sapienza. She worked at the Centre Alexandre Koyré in Paris and was the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. Her interests focus on early modern Rome, with a special attention for the world of the Curia, the Academies, the University and the religious orders. She is the author of the book La filosofia naturale di Giovanni Ciampoli (Olschki, Florence, 2015) and co-editor of Copernicus Banned: the entangled matter of the anti-Copernican decree of 1616 (Olschki, Florence, 2018), with Natacha Fabbri. She has also worked on women and science in 19th–century Italy, the subject of her forecoming book, Donne e scienza nella Roma dell’Ottocento (Viella, Rome, 2020).

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