Sources, problems and methods in the history of science: a case study the Florentine Academy of Cimento (1657-1667)

A.Y. 2020/2021
Course offered to students on the PhD programme in
Overall hours
Lesson period
May 2021
Lead instructor: Giulia Giannini
The aim of the meetings is to provide an overview of key issues and methods in the field of History of Science. Starting from a case-study - the Florentine Accademia del Cimento (1657-1667)- the question of the institutionalization of knowledge in the Modern Age, the presence of communication and exchange networks in Europe, the dialogue with other knowledges (for example the relationship between intellectuals and craftsmen or that between scientific and literary knowledge) will be addressed. A particular focus will be placed on the methods for historical-scientific research and, in particular, on the application of computational techniques to historical studies in a period in which the growing availability of large amounts of data offers new challenges and opportunities.
Assessment methods
Giudizio di approvazione
Assessment result
superato/non superato
How to enrol


The course enrolment deadline is usually the 25th day of the month prior to the start date. More specifically:

  • 27 December 2021 for courses starting in January 2022
  • 25 January 2022 for courses starting in February 2022
  • 25 February 2022 for courses starting in March 2022.

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