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Lorenzo Leporiere

become the subject of these investigations of historical nature. Science is indubitably the result of a complex process. The outcome of this process is a totality of statements about reality that calls for trust and faith. Science creates convictions and beliefs. Spiritualism wished to generate

Argante Ciocci

religious beliefs because of his affiliation to the Jesuit order. Marcacci’s work focuses on several overlooked pages edited by Riccioli and shows that the Jesuit’s thought was much more articulated than what historians have usually sustained. According to Marcacci, indeed, it is likely to suppose that

Ovanes Akopyan

the belief in universal harmony. Developed in Plato’s dialogues, mostly in the Timaeus and in the famous myth of Er in the Republic , the alleged harmonious structure of the universe was later subjected to criticism by Aristotle; this, however, did not affect its appeal for those who decided to

Francesca Antonelli

to consider the Enlightenment more as a set of practices than as a corpus of beliefs and, at the same time, her wish to rely on the methodological tools offered by the history of emotions. Chapter 1 describes the cultural changes leading to a new interpretation of feelings and family obligations in

Cynthia Klestinec

became an important piece of Catholic identity in the Counter Reformation. Theological grounds for incorruption were based on the doctrine of original sin and the belief in bodily resurrection (the saint’s body incorrupt demonstrated a promise of eventual resurrection in imitation of Christ

Fabio Lusito

of incompleteness. Von Neumann devoted his attention to this problem after Godel’s work had undermined Hilbert’s belief in a well-founded mathematical ground. Lupacchini’s edition is a helpful tool for all historians of science, and it represents an important addition to the tradition of studies on

Paolo Savoia

experimentation and empirical exploration of the “fact” of spontaneous generation were consistently thorough from ancient Greece to 19th-century France. In other words, this was not just a “common sense” idea waiting to be corrected, but a set of carefully elaborated and tested beliefs and theories. One of the

Tools for Science

Libraries in Scientific Institutions in Eighteenth-Century France and Italy

Emmanuelle Chapron

objectives, which were to collect works that were first and foremost a collective working tool and to construct a shared memory. As highlighted by Michael Hunter, the belief that the progress of science lay in the collective preservation of handwritten materials was one of the driving forces behind the

Normal Science

Prizes in the Swedish Academy of Sciences before Nobel

Sven Widmalm

Sciences went through several phases in the 160 years preceding the Nobel Prize. What I have called the Enlightenment award system was utilitarian and was founded on the optimistic belief that new knowledge could be mined from the general public if only the right kind of prize questions were posed. Nothing

Learning a Craft from Books

Historical Re-enactment of Functional Reading in Gold- and Silversmithing

Thijs Hagendijk

reveal “systems of belief and knowledge, as well as testify to the material, physical, and philosophical engagement of craft with the generative and transformative power of nature.” 61 This study shares some important characteristics with the aforementioned approaches. It recognizes the importance of