CFP: Historical Epistemology of Science/Philosophy of Science, Torricelli

In order to do homage to Torricelli’s Opera Geometrica (1644), a call for papers in History/Historical Epistemology of Science and Philosophy of Science for a Collection Book is proposed:

370th Anniversary of Evangelista Torricelli's Opera Geometrica (1644). Critical Problems and New Historical Insights as Historical Epistemology of Science
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science – Edition Open Sources, 2017


Evangelista Torricelli
Relationship between geometrical and analytical methods/proofs, 17th–18th
The birth of modern science: astronomy, mathematics and physics
Scientific revolution
Galilean/Torricelli science
Torricelli’s geometry/ancient geometry
Torricelli and his two methods of proofs
Aristotelian/Archimedean approaches/Paradigm
Euclidean geometry/Paradigm
Mechanics/Statics/Science of Weights
Virtual Works/Laws
Ad absurdum proofs
Geometrical and analytical proofs
Centre of gravity
Mathematical and physical approaches
Shared knowledge
History of physics
History of mathematics
History of science
History of technology
Historical epistemology of science
Philosophy of science
Intellectual history
History of ideas
History/Philosophy of science & science education
Teaching science/NoS

In 2014, 370 years have passed since the publication of Evangelista Torricelli’s Opera Geometrica (1644, Massa & de Landis, Florentiae). The proposed collection book would be a collection of unpublished, original historical-philosophical scientific articles on the relationship among proofs, mechanics, mathematics, physics and geometry strictly relating to the Opera Geometrica's scientific content. This anthology should also encourage the much-needed reinterpretation of the entire Opera Geometrica. While the core theme remains the theories and HPS/epistemological studies connected with the content of the Opera Geometrica, the book will contain chapters on other appropriate aspects in any rounded history of the subject. A blinded peer-review process will be undertaken for each submission. Therefore, academics from different scientific and historical philosophical horizons are welcome to discuss emerging thoughts in methodological and in theoretical perspectives aiming to gather and re-evaluate the current thinking on this subject. The volume’s composition would make absorbing reading for historians, philosophers and scientists (particularly mathematicians, physicists and engineers).
Opera Geometrica, on the Web:
[Max Planck Institute for the History of Science]:


Title: 370th Anniversary of Evangelista Torricelli's Opera Geometrica (1644). Critical Problems and New historical Insights as Historical Epistemology of Science
Publisher: Edition Open Sources, 2017
Guest Editors: Raffaele Pisano (France/Australia), Jean Dhombres (France), Patricia Radelet de-Grave (Belgium), Paolo Bussotti (Italy)
Foreword: a distinguished scholar on invitation
Introduction to the papers: Editors
Length of papers: 20-25 pages maximum (refs. included and within - strictly - EOS Template). Download EOS Guides and template for final papers:
Article in LaTeX.
Analytical Index (Names and Subjects). The author is required to add at the end of his/her/their manuscript a list of Names and Subjects to be used as part of the final list at the end of published book.
Language: English [original Latin/Italian/Etc. passages: please place them in footnotes. English translations ONLY in the running text, following the EOS guide for authors]
City: Berlin, Germany
Publisher: Edition Open Sources
Out: Expected [after April] 2017
Fees for Authors: No

25th February 2016 [one page (450 words + References) maximum: Title, Authors' names, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, Selected References (please do not forget email and references); free editing, i.e, in Word, but structured] to:

05th March 2016

30th October 2016

ACCEPTANCE PAPER SUBMISSION [both LaTeX and PDF] (accepted, accepted with minor/major revision or rejected)
15th December 2016

All submitted papers, which meet the criteria for originality and quality, will be peer–reviewed for publication. The papers will be revised (in terms of content and English grammar) prior to submission of the edited book.

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Torricelli's Collection Book Editors
(Pisano, Dhombres, Radelet de-Grave, Bussotti)

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Raffaele Pisano, Ph.D., HDR
Research Associate in History of Physics and History and Philosophy of Science
Centre for History of Science and Philosophy - Archives Poincaré|CNRS
University of Lorraine, Nancy | FRANCE
Honorary Associate in History of Physics and History and Philosophy of Science
Unit for History & Philosophy of Science | Faculty of Science
University of Sydney | AUSTRALIA

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Vice President of the Inter-divisional Teaching Commission of the DLMPS/IUHPST
Past Officer (2006-2012) The European Society for the History of Science

Recent Springer Books:
Gillispie CC, Pisano R (2014) Lazare and Sadi Carnot. A Scientific and Filial Relationship.
Pisano R, Capecchi D (2015) Tartaglia’s Science of Weights and Mechanics in the Sixteenth Century. Selections from Quesiti et inventioni diverse: Books VII–VIII.
Pisano R (ed) (2015) A Bridge between Conceptual Frameworks. Sciences, Society and Technology Studies.

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