If you are in Boston this month, do think of attending the lecture by Roger Gaskell, who is delivering the Hofer Lecture at the Houghton Library (Harvard) at 5.30 pm on the 16th of April: A Peculiar Facility for Imagining: Visual Strategies in the early Royal Society
This lecture will examine scientific illustrated books by early fellows of the Royal Society of London (and their European counterparts) published in the 1660s and 70s. Making the printed book the focus of attention shows that different ways of using images is dependent as much on the circumstances of production as on the author’s scientific message. Robert Boyle hoped that readers with ‘any peculiar facility for imagining’ would not need images; his friends advised him otherwise.
In fact, if you are in the same place a week earlier on the 10th, Nick Wilding, another historian of early modern science, is giving the 97th George Parker Winship Lecture: ‘Forging the Moon: or, How to Spot a Fake Galileo’.
Further details may be found at http://hcl.harvard.edu/info/exhibitions/index.cfm (and scroll done to ‘lectures’).