Book ID: CBB001213196

Laura Bassi and Science in 18th-Century Europe: The Extraordinary Life and Role of Italy's Pioneering Female Professor (2013)


Frize, Monique (Author)


Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 300 pp.
Language: English

This book presents the extraordinary story of a Bolognese woman of the settecento. Laura Maria Caterina Bassi (1711-1778) defended 49 Theses at the University of Bologna on April 17, 1732 and was awarded a doctoral degree on May 12 of the same year. Three weeks before her defense, she was made a member of the Academy of Sciences in Bologna. On June 27 she defended 12 additional Theses. Several of the 61 Theses were on physics and other science topics. Laura was drawn by the philosophy of Newton at a time when most scientists in Europe were still focused on Descartes and Galen. This last set of Theses was to encourage the University of Bologna to provide a lectureship to Laura, which they did on October 29, 1732. Although quite famous in her day, Laura Bassi is unfortunately not remembered much today.

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Authors & Contributors
Findlen, Paula
Kohlstedt, Sally Gregory
Browne, E. Janet
Shea, William R.
Mazzotti, Massimo
Govoni, Paola
History of Science
Science in Context
Science and Education
Feministische Studien
Eighteenth-Century Studies
College Mathematics Journal
Pavia University Press
University of Chicago Press
Science History Publications
Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Centro Internazionale per la Storia delle Università e della Scienza
Wallstein Verlag
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Women in science
Science and gender
Natural philosophy
Science education and teaching
Bassi, Laura Maria Caterina
Agnesi, Maria Gaetana
Algarotti, Francesco
Winkelmann, Maria Margaretha
Darwin, Erasmus
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Bologna (Italy)
Great Britain
18th century
19th century
20th century
17th century
16th century
20th century, early
Università di Bologna

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