Scientific Books and Their Makers Symposium

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
University of Iowa
MERF 2117
Iowa City, IA 52240

A Symposium Sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School.


In Micrographia (1665), the first visual study of the microscopic world, the experimental philosopher Robert Hooke argued that knowledge of nature was rooted in human vision, especially as augmented by tools like the recently-invented microscope, and human craft, which built the microscope and made images of the worlds that it revealed. In early modern Europe, Hooke’s was only one of many new worlds whose discovery challenged established beliefs about the natural order and humanity’s place in it. This symposium invites us to consider the vehicles through which these challenges were mounted — books.


Keynote lecture by Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University

Learned Histories: How They Were Made and Why It Matters

Saturday, October 17, 4 pm, MERF 2117