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Axis Interdisciplinary Research in History and Philosophy of Science

History of Science, History of Text 2013–2014

Organisers: Karine Chemla with Agathe Keller, Christine Proust, and all HSHT group of the project SAW

The seminar ’History of Science, History of Text’ will mainly explore textual problems related to the ERC Project SAW — "Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World".

The seminar will address the following issues regarding scientific sources:

  • How textual sources bear witness to the social groups that produced them
  • How textual sources testify to knowledge
  • History of compilations
  • How actors structure their texts and knowledge into parts
  • How textual sources reflect the material environment in which they were produced

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PROGRAM 2013 – 2014
On Thursdays, from 9:30 am till 5:30pm, Room Malevitch, 483A; from March on, Room Mondrian, 646A. Condorcet Building of the Paris Diderot University – Campus map with access.

Thursday 21 Nov., Room Malevitch, 483A
:: How written sources betray ways of working

  • Rich Kremer (Darmouth College)
    Exploring the social worlds of the medieval Latin astronomical codex.
  • Isabelle Chamentier (Univ. of Exeter)
    Carl Linnaeus’s Paper Slips.
  • Marta Hanson (John Hopkins Univ. and Templeton "Science and Religion in East Asia" Project hosted by Science Culture Research Center, Seoul National Univ.)
    Understanding is Within One’s Grasp (liaoran zai wo 瞭然在握): Hand Mnemonic and Chinese Arts of Memory.

23 Jan., Room Malevitch, 483A
:: Parts of Text

  • Enno Giele (Heidelberg Universitaet)
  • Florence Bretelle-Establet & Stéphane Schmitt (ERC Project SAW & SPHERE, CNRS)
    Preparing the completion of the book on parts of text.
  • Mark McClish (Birmingham-Southern College)
    The Composition of the Arthaśāstra: On Kauṭilya’s Use of Sources and the Evolution of the Text.

20 Feb., Room Malevitch, 483A
:: Quotations, compilations, parts of texts

  • Julie Lefebvre (Université de Lorraine, CREM, EA3476)
    A linguistic approach to parts of text : parts of text as marks of the metatextual activity of writers.
  • Florence Bretelle-Establet (CNRS, SPHERE & SAW)
    A bibliographical review on the practice of citation approached from different standpoints and disciplines.
  • Rita Watson (ISAW-NYU)
    Writing, Theory, and Conceptual Change.

20 March, !! 9:30 – 18:00 !!, Room Mondrian, 646A
:: Parts of texts, Preparing the completion of the book on parts

  • Danielle Jacquart (EPHE)
    Les miscellanées scientifiques dans les manuscrits médiévaux.
  • Clemency Montelle (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
    Referencing and reckoning: The transformation of text into titles and tables in Sanskrit Sources.
  • Karin Preisendanz (University of Vienna)
    On quotations, citations, etc. in Sanskrit science texts (provisional title).

8 – 10 May
Joint Workshop with the Hamburg Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures
:: What can scientific manuscripts teach us about manuscripts?

22 May, Room Mondrian, 646A, 9:30 – 18:00
:: Mathematical Commentaries

  • Karine Chemla (CNRS, SPHERE & SAW)
    Commentaries on mathematical texts. Results and new questions.
  • Agathe Keller (CNRS, SPHERE & SAW)
    Mathematical and textual practices in Sanskrit mathematical commentaries, 7th-10th century.
  • Michèle Decorps-Foulquier (CHSPAM–SPHERE, Univ. Clermont-Fd)
    Un exemple de commentaire mathématique à la fin de l’Antiquité : le commentaire d’Eutocius d’Ascalon aux Coniques d’Apollonius de Perge.
  • Glenn Most (The University of Chicago and Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
    How to Edit Heraclitus.

12 June, Room Mondrian, 646A
:: Orality and the historian of science’s written sources. Discussing the issue in preparation.

  • 9:30 – 10:50 Daniel Morgan (SAW project & SPHERE)
    What Good’s a Text? Textuality, Orality, and Mathematical Astronomy in Early Imperial China.
  • 10:50 – 11:05 Pause
  • 11:05 – 12:15 Antonio Garcia(University of Alicante)
    Learning by writing. Chemistry student notebooks and lecture demonstrations in early 19th century France (en collaboration avec José Ramón Bertomeu Sánchez University of Valencia.
  • 12:15 – 13:00 Agathe Keller (CNRS, SPHERE & SAW)
    Le chapitre mathématique de l’Āryabhaṭīya (499) comme une compilation de règles orales.
  • 14:15 Agathe Keller (CNRS, SPHERE & SAW)
    Le chapitre mathématique de l’Āryabhaṭīya (499) comme une compilation de règles orales (suite).
  • 14:40 Christine Proust (CNRS, SPHERE et projet ERC SAW)
    Oralité et mémorisation : quelques exemples parmi les textes mathématiques d’époque paléo-babylonienne.
  • 16:00 Pause
  • Martha Cecilia Bustamante (SPHERE et SAW)
    Le carnet de notes d’Emile Borel sur le rayonnement thermique : entre émission et réception.

Previous years
During the academic year 2010 – 2011, the seminar was organized in monthly daily workshops and examined the following issues:
  • Numerical and other kinds of tables
  • Organisation and use of scholarly writings
  • Encyclopedias
  • Paratext and material organisation of texts
  • Note taking & the Inscription of the oral
  • Critical editions of scholarly texts and history of critical editions.