Schedule of Events

Our informal and casual meetings will take place over two consecutive weeks, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 1pm.

We will be in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship’s Visualization Lab (Hesburgh Library Room 249).

Alternatively, you can join us virtually via Zoom by clicking on the link below:

If you are asked for a password, please contact Dr. Arnaud Zimmern.

Per Hesburgh Library policy, all patrons who have not yet been vaccinated are required to wear masks inside the library. None are required to speak in Elizabethan English.

Friday June 18th

Theme: Introduction + Master Class on Harriot with Dr. Robert Goulding
Focus Text: See the Slidedeck

Monday June 21st

Theme: How Many People Fit on the Globe? Teaching Estimates
Focus Text: Harriot MS 6782 31r-31v

Suggested Reading: Clucas, Stephen. “Thomas Harriot and the Field of Knowledge in the English Renaissance.” In Thomas Harriot: An Elizabethan Man of Science, edited by Robert Fox, 93–136. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000. (link to PDF forthcoming)

Wednesday June 23rd

Theme: A 48-Foot Wide Burning Glass: Mathematics and Imagination
Focus Text: TBA

Suggested Reading: Goulding, Robert. “Thomas Harriot’s Optics, between Experiment and Imagination: The Case of Mr Bulkeley’s Glass.” Archive for History of Exact Sciences 68, no. 2 (March 2014): 137–78.

Friday June 25th

Theme: Galileo and Harriot: Comparing Moonmaps
Focus Text: TBA

Suggested Reading:
Edgerton, Samuel Y., Jr. “Galileo, Florentine ‘Disegno,’ and the ‘Strange Spottednesse’ of the Moon.” Art Journal 44, no. 3 (October 1984): 225–32.

Pumfrey, Stephen. “Harriot’s Maps of the Moon: New Interpretations.” Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 63, no. 2 (June 2009): 163–68.

Monday June 28th

Theme: Billiard Balls and Cannonballs: On Stacking and Dynamic Collisions
Focus Text: MS 6782 336v, Selections from De Collisione TBA

Suggested Reading: Smith, Russell. “Optical Reflection and Mechanical Rebound: The Shift from Analogy to Axiomatization in the Seventeenth Century. Part 1.” British Journal for the History of Science 41, no. 01 (2008): 1–18.

The following sessions were originally planned for June 30th and July 2nd but most, unfortunately, be rescheduled. Dates TBD.

Stay tuned!
Theme: A Chronic Conic Problem: Teaching Sections
Focus Text: Selections from MS Add. 6787, TBA

Suggested reading: short selection from Bartolini Bussi, Maria. “The Meaning of Conics: Historical and Didactical Dimensions.”

Theme: Binary and the Mathematics of Divination
Focus Text: TBA

Suggested reading: Shirley, John W. “Binary Numeration before Leibniz.” American Journal of Physics 19, no. 8 (November 1951): 452–54.