The School of Padua and the Emergence of Modern Science

The School of Padua and the Emergence of Modern Science

The School of Padua and the Emergence of Modern Science

The School of Padua and the Emergence of Modern Science

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This small volume represents the first fruits of the decision taken in September, 1958, in Venice, to set up an Istituto Filosofico Columbiano-Padovano, of which the Centro per la Storia della Tradizione Aristotelica nel Veneto, presso il Seminario di Filologia Classica dell' Università degli Studi di Padova, and the University Seminar on the Renaissance, of Columbia University in the City of New York, are both members. It is hoped that the Istituto Columbiano-Padovano will be able to sponsor and publish both studies and texts in the field of Italian Aristotelianism during the Renaissance.

The first of the studies in this volume grew out of reading pursued during a year spent in Italy in 1933-34-- five months in Florence and three months in Venice and Padua. The main resources used were those of the Biblioteca Nazionale, then still crowded into the Uffizi, and the Marucelliana, which remained open after the closing of the former until 7 P.M., in Florence; and the Marciana in Venice. To the efficient librarians and staffs of those institutions at that time a heavy debt of gratitude must be acknowledged for their always courteous assistance.

This material was first written up in 1937, as part of a chapter in a history of modern philosophy which the author now hopes to publish within a year; the chapter also includes an account of the revival of Greek mathematics in Renais . . .

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