Event

Nov 3, 2021
Scientific Questions Then and Now

How are scientific questions posed and answered by scientists, from premodern times until today? Despite radical changes in world views, the apparent persistence of certain recurrent questions in the history of science is striking: examples of such questions include “Where does the world come from?”, “What is it made of?”, “What is life?”, “What is consciousness?”, or “Is the world knowable?”
 
Our speakers’ series “Scientific Questions Then and Now” seeks to understand the extent to which such recurrent questions have in fact remained “the same”. One key goal of this series will therefore be to determine whether there is, or is not, any core notion of science that remains constant from premodern times to the present, a core notion that would allow for meaningful discussion and communication among representatives of different historic traditions of science.

To this end, we will bring together contemporary scientists with historians of premodern philosophy, to ask whether some of these recurrent questions may still be relevant to contemporary scientific research and practice. 

 

Address
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Room
Zoom/Online Meeting Platform
Contact and Registration

The Lecture Series is open to all interested. If you would like to join a session please contact Anina Woischnig (awoischnig@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de) up until October 29, 2021. Please note that this event will be recorded and made accessible for the public.
The Zoom links for each session will be circulated among all registered participants beforehand.

2021-11-03T17:00:00SAVE IN I-CAL 2021-11-03 17:00:00 2021-11-03 20:00:00 Scientific Questions Then and Now How are scientific questions posed and answered by scientists, from premodern times until today? Despite radical changes in world views, the apparent persistence of certain recurrent questions in the history of science is striking: examples of such questions include “Where does the world come from?”, “What is it made of?”, “What is life?”, “What is consciousness?”, or “Is the world knowable?”   Our speakers’ series “Scientific Questions Then and Now” seeks to understand the extent to which such recurrent questions have in fact remained “the same”. One key goal of this series will therefore be to determine whether there is, or is not, any core notion of science that remains constant from premodern times to the present, a core notion that would allow for meaningful discussion and communication among representatives of different historic traditions of science. To this end, we will bring together contemporary scientists with historians of premodern philosophy, to ask whether some of these recurrent questions may still be relevant to contemporary scientific research and practice.    Program 17:00–17:15 Welcome & Introductory Remarks 17:15–17:45 Keynote by Carlo Rovelli: “Aristotle’s Physics: A Physicist’s Look” Chaired by Michael Chase Interlude 18:00–19:00 Responses. Riccardo Chiaradonna, Peter Adamson, Gottfried Heinemann Chaired by Katja Krause Break 19:15–19:45 Speakers’ Discussion 19:45–20:00 Open Discussion Chaired by Alexander Blum Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany Zoom/Online Meeting Platform Alexander BlumJohn Michael ChaseKatja Krause Alexander BlumJohn Michael ChaseKatja Krause Europe/Berlin public