11月1日香克教授主讲“伽利略事件的影响:从希帕提娅到《城市广场》”

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主讲人:Michael Shank(Professor of  University of Wisconsin-Madison)

主题:The Long Reach of the Galileo Affair: From Hypatia to Agora

时间:2017年11月1日下午4:00-6:00

地点:清华科学史系系厅(蒙民伟科技大楼212)

摘要:This talk has its origins in the juxtaposition of a Galileo course, the film “Agora” (2009), and my reflections on narratives of decline and progress in the sciences. After noticing curious resemblances between the Galileo Affair and the film, I formulated the hypothesis that, in the popular mind, the Galileo Affair has freed itself from the bondage of history.  Abstracted, it is now a seductive “narrative structure” of considerable importance because it apparently has the ability to replicate itself on a variety of scales (effectively, a narrative fractal) and to shape episodes that have nothing whatever to do with it.  This talk illustrates my thesis by considering the story of the life and murder of the 4-5th c. philosopher and mathematician Hypatia. I trace her rise from relative obscurity until the 18th century to the polemical analogue of a simplified and misunderstood version of the Galileo Affair, culminating most recently in Amenábar’s beautiful but historically distorted film.

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