Thesis ID: CBB257816987

Scientific Thinking and Narrative Discourse in Early Modern Italy (2021)


Scientific Thinking and Narrative Discourse in Early Modern Italy explores scientific texts and artifacts as cultural productions in the context of the Scientific Revolution. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, scientific writing was a new emerging genre drawing on the Book of Nature metaphor refashioned by Galileo Galilei as an interpretive key to read and to write about nature in the Italian vernacular. This study examines scientific and humanistic traditions as a means of discovery and discussions associated with mathematics and experimental findings across treatises, poems, archival materials, and artworks. This research is centered on four topics of early modern science that form the basis of the chapters: 1) the Book of Nature metaphor, from books and letters by Galileo to the readers and writers he inspired; 2) new scientific language and terminology, in prose and poems; 3) scientific data, instruments, and communication regarding applied technologies, and 4) medical humanities perspectives and texts on syphilis and plague. This study advances a literary and historical understanding of scientific and technical literature by analyzing a variety of authors through the lens of genre, exploring the ways these writers presented rhetorical tropes and scientific research data so that they could update humanistic modes of expression, communicate effectively, and establish scientific communities among professional and nonprofessional science enthusiasts. My research deals with issues of authorship, originality, and the question of an appropriate language, style, and communication for scientific contents, opening considerations on scientific thinking and narrative discourses as more than marginal, or an appropriation from non-literary domains, addressing global, technological, and social challenges faced by scientists and their readerships.

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Authors & Contributors
Clucas, Stephen
Graney, Christopher M.
Mazzotta, Giuseppe
Raphael, Renée J.
Finocchiaro, Maurice A.
Henry, John
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Perspectives on Science
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
History of Science
Physics in Perspective
Harvard University Press
Peter Lang
Natural philosophy
Science and religion
Galilei, Galileo
Campanella, Tommaso
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Bruno, Giordano
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Riccioli, Giovanni Battista
17th century
16th century
Early modern
18th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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