Pamela Smith, "New Worlds of Stuff: Nature, Books, and Things in Early Modern Germany."
The sixteenth century opened up new worlds to Europeans—not just distant lands, but also a new picture of the universe and a new conception of the subterranean world. European entry into new world and far eastern trading routes brought new stuff—natural products, human-made things, as well as new books and new ideas--to the Old World. This talk will illustrate some of this new “stuff,” and the ways in which it was integrated into older knowledge systems to produce a new picture of the natural and human world.
In conjunction with the exhibition in the MacMillan Reading Room (through September 16), Neue Welt: Germans and the Americas, 1493-1830, and the symposium, "German Science and the Creation of Knowledge in the Atlantic World," Friday, September 13.
Hosted by the John Carter Brown Library and generously supported by the Program in Science and Technology Studies, Brown University, and the German Consulate General Boston.
The lecture will be held in the MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library.