Note on Contributors
is Professor of the History of Scientific Thought and the History of Ideas at the University of Calabria, and is Director of Centro Internazionale di Studi Telesiani, Bruniani e Campanelliani. His main research areas are the relationships between philosophy, science, and theology in the early modern period, the scientific and philosophical debate about the Gaia hypothesis, and the current relationships between science and religion. His recent publications include Il primo dei moderni. Filosofia e scienza in Bernardino Telesio (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2018).
is a historian of natural philosophy and modern science currently working at the Institude for Advances Studies on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (DFG KFOR 1927), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg. The focus of her research is the relationship between scientific knowledge and the strategies employed to communicate it. She has worked on medieval mathematical cosmology, early modern meteorology and optics, and quantum theories from their early days up to the present. She published Aspects of the Astrolabe: ‘architectonica ratio’ in tenth- and eleventh-century Europe (2008), and edited, with G. Hon and Y. Zik, The optics of Giovanni Battista Della Porta: A Reassessment (2017).
is currently guest lecturer at Bard College Berlin, and a member of the research group Experimentalsysteme at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. His research focuses on the history of early modern philosophy and science. He has authored articles on several early modern inquirers, and in particular on the figures of Descartes, Hobbes, and Gassendi. He is currently working on the monograph Conatus. History of an Early Modern Concept, taken from his doctoral dissertation. Along with Pietro D. Omodeo, he has also edited Contigency and Necessity in Early Modern Science, forthcoming in Springers’ Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science. Along with Justin E. H. Smith, he is preparing the first modern translation of Gassendi’s Syntagma philosophicum, under contract with Oxford University Press.
is assistant Professor at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo. She received her Ph.D. from the Università degli Studi di Urbino and the EHESS (Paris). She worked at the Centre Alexandre-Koyré in Paris and was Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her current research focuses on the emergence of scientific academies in Europe.
Miguel Ángel Granada
is Professor for the History of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, where he teaches the history of Renaissance philosophy. He has researched and published on Renaissance philosophy and science, mainly on Giordano Bruno and the cosmological revolution from Copernicus to Kepler. He has translated several works of Giordano Bruno into Spanish and contributed to the critical edition of Bruno’s Oeuvres complètes published by Les Belles Lettres. He recently published a critical edition on Telesio, Sobre los cometas y la Vía Láctea/De cometis et lacteo circulo, with an introduction, translation, and commentary in Spanish (Madrid 2012). He is Vice-President of the “Centro Internazionale di Studi Telesiani Bruniani Campanelliani Alain Segonds e Giovanni Aquilecchia”.
Ph.D. (1999) in history of science and philosophy, University of Lille 3 (France), is a Research Fellow at Radboud University (Netherlands). He has published widely on early modern natural philosophy, medicine, and alchemy, including the book Medical Humanism and Natural Philosophy (2011). He also edited Justus Lipsius and Natural Philosophy (2011) and Jacques Gaffarel Between Magic and Science (2014).
is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Erfurt and director of the Gotha Research Center. From 2005–2008 he was Professor at Rutgers University, USA. His research topics are Renaissance philosophy, libertinism, enlightenment, history of scholarship, oriental studies, alchemy, and numismatics. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Among his publications are “Frühneuzeitliche Selbsterhaltung. Telesio und die Naturphilosophie der Renaissance” (Tübingen, 1998), and “Prekäres Wissen. Eine andere Ideengeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit” (Berlin, 2012).
Dr. phil. Milano 1987, Dr. History of Science Bari 1996, is Professor of the History of Science at Università degli Studi in Milan. The focus of his research is on the recovery of science and ancient technique in the Renaissance and on the relationship between the knowledge of the technicians and that of philosopher-scientists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He published the critical edition of Bernardino Baldi’s Vite de’ matematici (Milan, 1998), Girolamo Cardano’s De subtilitate (Milan, 2004) and Baldi’s In mechanica Aristotelis problemata exercitationes (Milan, 2010).
Pietro Daniel Omodeo
is a historian and philosopher of science and a Professor of the Philosophy of Science at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). He is the principal investigator of the ERC Consolidator research endeavour “Institutions and Metaphysics of Cosmology in the Epistemic Networks of Seventeenth-Century Europe” (2017–2022). His research focuses on science, philosophy, and literature in early modernity, as well as on historical epistemology. Among recent publications and ongoing projects, he is co-author (with Jürgen Renn) of Science in Court Society: Giovanni Battista Benedetti’s Diversarum speculationum mathematicarum et physicarum liber (Turin, 1585) (Berlin, 2019), he is the co-editor, with Rodolfo Garau, of Contingency (2019) and is currently completing the monograph Political Epistemology: The Hegemony Struggle in Science Studies (in press).
(born in 1958 in Diamante, Italy) is a Professor of Literature at the University of Calabria. He is the author of The Usefulness of the Useless (2013), translated into 21 languages and published in 31 countries. He has dedicated three works to Giordano Bruno, which have been translated into nine languages (including Chinese, Japanese, and Russian): Giordano Bruno and the phylosophy of de Ass (1987; 2017 new edition), La soglia dell’ombra. Letteratura, filosofia e pittura in Giordano Bruno (2003) and Giordano Bruno, Ronsard et la religion (2004). He has also published Teoria della novella e teoria del riso nel Cinquecento (2009), Le rendez-vous des savoir (2009), Trois couronnes pour un roi: La devise d’Henri III et ses mystères (2011), Les portraits de Gabriel García Márquez (2012) and Classici per la vita (2015). He was a Fellow of the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. He has also been Visiting Professor to various universities in the USA (Yale, NYU) and in Europe (EHESS, ENS, Paris-IV Sorbonne, CESR Tours, IEA Paris, Warburg Institute, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin). He is a member of honor of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2010) and has received three honorary doctorates in Brazil. In France he received the Palmes académiques (with the title of Commander in 2014) and the Legion of Honor, conferred by the French President of the Republic (2012). In Italy, the President conferred upon him the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2010). In Paris, with Yves Hersant, he published three collections of classics (in the edition Les Belles Lettres) and, in Italy, the collection “Classics of European Literature” (Bompiani editions). Finally, he collaborates with Corriere della Sera.
teaches History of Science at the University of Cagliari. His main area of research concerns the history of biology and the history of the natural sciences. Among his publications are the critical editions of B. Telesio, De natura iuxta propria principia (Roma, 1565), (Turin, 2006), B. Telesio, De rerum natura iuxta propria principia (Napoli, 1570), (Turin, 2010), and Stanze sul tempo. Sei variazioni fra rovine, fossili e vulcani (Rome, 2017).
is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and currently serves as Chair of the Humanities Section of the Max Planck Society. His research projects focus on long-term developments of knowledge while taking into account processes of globalization. His research projects have dealt with the historical development of mechanics from antiquity until the 20th century. In this context he also investigates the origins of mechanics in China, the transformation of ancient knowledge, and the exchange of knowledge between Europe and China in the early modern period. A main focus of his research is the history of modern physics, investigating the origin and development of the general theory of relativity, and of quantum theory in particular. Recently, he has taken on the challenges of the Anthropocene in investigating the history of knowledge and science.
is currently lecturer at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies of the University of Erfurt. Her research and publication interests lie above all in the fields of the early and radical Enlightenment in Europe, and in the cultural and intellectual history of the sixteenth century. Her book Die philosophischen Totengespräche der Frühaufklärung (Hamburg, 2016) reconstructs the clandestine dissemination of philosophical “dialogues of the dead” in the early Germany Enlightenment.
presently works at the University of Cagliari. His main area of research concerns the interrelations between philosophy and science in early modern Italy. His publications include a critical edition of Della Porta’s Pneumaticorum libri tres (2008) and a book entitled “L’opere stupende dell’arti più ingegnose”. La recezione degli Pneumatiká di Erone Alessandrino nella cultura italiana del Cinquecento (2010). He is currently working on a critical edition of Telesio’s Varii de naturalibus rebus libelli.