Curiously Drawn: Early Modern Science as a Visual Pursuit

The next event of the AHRC-sponsored network on the origins of science as a visual pursuit will take place on the 21st and 22nd of June at the Royal Society, London.

Registration is now open.

Science produces some of the most intriguing and arresting images in modern culture, from wildlife photographs to scanning electron microscope images. Yet the historical links between scientific research and visual representation are not always apparent. This conference brings together historians of science and art in order to examine the relationship between science and visual culture in the first hundred years of the Royal Society. We hope that the meeting will demonstrate how art, artists, and print-makers enabled creativity and innovation in science, and the extent to which naturalists and natural philosophers, in turn, transformed visual resources and strategies into something of their own.

This meeting is supported by the AHRC as part of an international network on ‘Origins of science as a visual pursuit: the case of the early Royal Society’. Relevant printed books and manuscripts from the Royal Society’s collections will be on display during the meeting.

Speakers, chairs and commentators include:
Prof. John Barrow FRS
Prof. Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute, Berlin
Prof. Paula Findlen, Stanford University
Dr Martha Fleming
Nathan Flis, University of Oxford
Prof. Matthew Hunter, McGill University
Prof. Michael Hunter, Birkbeck, University of London (Emeritus)
Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, University of Cambridge
Dr Urs Leu, Rare Books, Zentralbibliothek, Zurich
Scott Mandelbrote, University of Cambridge
Prof. Alexander Marr, University of Cambridge
Prof. Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Indiana University
Dr Kim Sloan, British Museum

Download abstracts of papers here.

Download the full conference programme here.

As part of the meeting, Prof. John Barrow FRS will give a lecture in the evening on Thursday 21 June. This lecture will be free and open to the public.

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