McGill University Library is holding a great event in the history of science next week.
Please feel free to RSVP or share widely with interested parties.
The event is free to the public.
Merika Ramundo, Communications Manager
The Mossman Endowment of McGill University presents the Elizabeth B. McNab Lecture in the History of Science. This year’s lecture entitled “Science and Art in a Sixteenth-Century Workshop: Hands-On History in the Making and Knowing Project” will be given virtually by Professor Pamela Smith.
Monday, March 22, 2021 at 17:00 (EST) via YouTube Livestream
About the Lecture: In 2020, the Making and Knowing Project (www.makingandknowing.org) released Secrets of Craft and Nature in Renaissance France, an open-access digital edition of an anonymous late sixteenth-century French technical manuscript containing over 900 “recipes” for art objects and technical processes. Over the previous five years, hundreds of collaborators worked to create this edition, including by laboratory reconstructions of the recipes. What lessons for the histories of science and art do we learn from such hands-on history? This lecture will introduce the Project and its edition, and discuss the insights the Project gained into obscure materials, lost techniques, implausible mixtures, and the material and conceptual world of craftspeople in the sixteenth century.
Pamela H. Smith is Seth Low professor of history at Columbia University, and founding Director of the Center for Science and Society and of its cluster project The Making and Knowing Project (www.makingandknowing.
This lecture is supported by The Friends of McGill University Inc. The Friends of McGill University Inc. is a US corporation incorporated in 1945. It provides grants for charitable, scientific, educational, and literary activities, including providing scholarships to enable students from the US to enter McGill University.