Pietro Daniel Omodeo

Research Scholar
Research Scholars are early career scholars who have ordinarily already had at least one postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent academic experience. This is the equivalent of an entry-level academic position (e.g. assistant professor in North America, Lecturer in the United Kingdom, Maître de conférences in France). These scholars carry considerable responsibilities (no more than 30% of their time) within their research unit.
Department I
November 1, 2010 to June 30, 2020

Pietro Daniel Omodeo, PhD, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, is member the Collaborative Research Centre Episteme in Bewegung, Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on the history of science, philosophy and literature as well as on historical epistemology. He is the author of Copernicus in the Cultural Debates of the Renaissance: Reception, Legacy, Transformation (Leiden, 2014).

Selected publications: 

Omodeo, P. D. (2017). 'Utilitas astronomiae' in the Renaissance: the rhetoric and epistemology of astronomy. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 307-331). Cham: Springer.

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Omodeo, P. D. (2017). Laukhards Dissertation über Giordano Bruno im Kontext der frühneuzeitlichen Bruno-Rezeption. In G. Naschert (Ed.), Friedrich Christian Laukhard (1757-1822): Schriftsteller, Radikalaufklärer und gelehrter Soldat (pp. 39-68). Paderborn: Schöningh.

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Omodeo, P. D. (2017). L’eredità di Boris Hessen: per un approccio socio-politico alla scienza in età moderna. In G. Ienna (Ed.), Boris Hessen: Le radici sociali ed economiche della meccanica di Newton (pp. 119-150). Roma: Castelvecchi.

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Omodeo, P. D. (2017). Lodewijk de Bils' and Tobias Andreae's Cartesian bodies: embalmment experiments, medical controversies and mechanical philosophy. Early Science and Medicine, 22(4), 301-332. doi:10.1163/15733823-00224P02.

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Omodeo, P. D. (2017). The scientific culture of the Baltic mathematician, physician, and calendar-maker Laurentius Eichstadt (1596-1660). Journal for the History of Astronomy, 48(2), 135-159.

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22-24 Jan. 2014
Science as Cultural Hegemony: Gramscian Concepts for the History of Science
Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)-Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC)
8-10 May 2013
Medical Knowledge between Polymathy and Disciplinarity: Duncan Liddel (1561-1613) in Context (Aberdeen, GB)
Duncan Liddel’s Library
1-3 Nov. 2012
5th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Athens)
Between Germany and Great Britain: Renaissance ‘Scientists’ at Reformed Universities and Courts
22-24 March 2012
58th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (Washington DC, USA)
New ‘Worlds’ in the Renaissance: Anton Francesco Doni and Giordano Bruno
15-18 Sept. 2011
HEVELIUS 2011. An international conference to mark the quadricentennial of the birth of Johannes Hevelius (Gdańsk, Poland)
Abraham von Franckenberg and Jan Heveliusz: The Brunian and the Galileaian Spirit of Seventeenth Century Astronomy in Gdańsk
18-20 April 2011
History of European Universities. Challenges and Transformations (Lisbon, Portugal)
The Teaching of Mathematics at Helmstedt in the 16th Century: A Case Study on Scientific Culture at Lutheran Universities
18-20 Nov. 2010
4th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Barcelona, Spain)
16th Century Professors of Mathematics at the University of Helmstedt: A German and European Scientific Network
3-5 April 2009
Foundations of Modernity: A Graduate Symposium on the Italian Renaissance (Yale University, USA)
Cosmologia ed etica nel dibattito astronomico tardo-cinquecentesco
Teaching activities
SS 2014
Università degli Studi di Torino (University of Turin, Italy), Copernico e l'astronomia riascimentale (Copernicus and Renaissance Astronomy) (taught together with Prof. Enrico Pasini) (MA)
WS 2014/2015
Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Philosophie (Department of Philosophy)Methode und Kosmos. Descartes' Meditationen und Prinzipien (Method and cosmos. Descartes' Meditations and Principles) (BA)
SS 2016
Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut (Department of History)Einführungsseminar: Die Wissenschaftliche Revolution als historisches und historiographisches Problem (Introduction to the Scientific Revolution as a historical and historiographical problem) (BA)
WS 2016/2017
Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut (Department of History)Gelehrsamkeit, Wissenschaft und Medizin im Nordeuropa des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts (Erudition, Science and Medicine in Northern Europe in the 16th and 17th Centuries) (MA)
WS 2015/2016
Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts UniversityHistory and Philosophy of Science: Early Modern Science (taught in collaboration with colleagues from the MPIWG) (BA)