Free EMPAC Talk: Bard’s Greg Moynahan Connects Science and Experimentation with the Arts [Berkshire on Stage]

March 5th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara

 Bard’s Greg Moynahan Connects Science and Experimentation with the Arts

Troy, NY: On Wednesday, March 6 at 6pm, the Observer Effects series will continue with Experience and Experiment in Early Modern Europe, a free talk by Bard College professor Greg Moynahan that considers the rise of scientific experimentation and its relation to experimentation in the arts. Moynahan is an associate professor in the history and science, technology, and society programs at Bard College will examine the early history of both science and the arts through their common location in collections and museums, suggesting that the appearance of the problem of infinity in natural philosophy was important for the modern relationship between scientific and artistic experimentation. The talk will focus on thinkers such as Nicholas of Cusa and Gottfried Leibniz (the inventor of calculus and founder of modern computing), whose article “An Odd Thought Concerning a New Sort of Exhibition” described a “museum of everything that could be imagined,” which informed the first plan for the Prussian Academy of Science.

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