History of Science and Technology - LM [Sede VR] (2019/2020)

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Luca Ciancio
Luca Ciancio
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Sem 1B dal Nov 11, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

Acquisition of knowledge and skills in the historical analysis of the sciences and their impact on the political and social environment of a given epoch.


"Philosophical liberty": Galileo and the 20th century science.

The course first aim is to explore the salient moments of the human and intellectual experience of the great Italian scientist with particular emphasis on the battle of Galileo for the freedom of culture and science against the disciplinary instances coming from the church and the state. Teh second part pf the course will be focused on the
The working method will consist in the analysis of selected passages of Galileo's work and in the discussion, in seminar form, of the themes that appear most relevant both in the light of the culture of the Counter-Reformation, and in consideration of the current problems of research.

A. Galileo's claim for philosophical liberty
1. Early writings on motion.
2. The mathematical method.
3. The Paduan years.
4. Discoveries with the telescope.
5. The anti-Aristotelian controversy.
6. A new philosophy.
7. Science and religion.
8. The controversy over comets.
9. The Dialogue concerning the two world systems (1632).
10. The trial and condemnation.

B. Philosophical liberty and contemporary world
12. Science and sociey today
13. Big Science, global economy and financial market
14. Disciplinary fragmentation and the big picture
15. Sciences and humanities in conflict

Selected bibliography:

Biagioli Mario, Galileo's Instrument of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy, Chicago, Chicago University Press, 2006.
Bucciantini Massimo, Galileo e Keplero, Torino, Einaudi, 2003.
Bucciantini M, Camerota M., Giudice F., Il telescopio di Galileo, Torino, Einaudi, 2012.
Camerota Michele, Galileo Galilei e la cultura scientifica nell'età della Controriforma, Roma, Salerno, 2004.
Damanti, A., Libertas philosophandi. Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2010.
Festa Egidio, Galileo. La lotta per la scienza, Roma, Laterza, 2007.
Galilei Galileo, Lettera a Cristina di Lorena, Genova-Milano, Marietti 1820, 2000.
Galluzzi Paolo, "Libertà di filosofare in naturalibus", Roma, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 2014.
Guerrini Luigi, Galileo e gli aristotelici, Roma, Carocci, 2010.
Heilbron John L. Galileo. Scienziato e umanista, Torino, Einaudi, 2013.
Koyré Alexandre, Studi galileiani, Torino, Einaudi, 1976.
Pesce Mauro, L'ermeneutica biblica di Galileo e le due strade della teologia cristiana, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2005.
Redondi Pietro, Galileo eretico, Torino, Einaudi, 1983.

Merton, Robert K., Scienza, religione e politica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.
Bucchi, Massimiano, Scienza e società, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2010.
Bucchi, Massimiano, Scientisti e antiscientisti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2010.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Galileo Galilei Antologia di testi Carocci Editore 2017 9788843085675

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination will take place orally and will consist of the discussion of at least two topics of the program using as a basis for reflection the Galilean texts discussed in class. These texts are all part of the volume edited by Michele Camerota indicated as a reference text. For the second part, students are requested to read and learn the content of three essays uploaded in e-learning (BUCCHI, MERTON 1, MERTON 2).

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.