Renee Raphael

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Assistant Professor, History
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009, History

Phone: History Department: (949) 824-6521

University of California, Irvine
200 Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Early modern history of science, early modern European intellectual and cultural history, history of the book and its readers
Research Abstract
The history of early modern science—a period known for its sweeping transformations in the ways Europeans understood and learned about the natural world—has traditionally been studied from the perspective of those who instigated its grand innovations. Much of my research explores a different question: how the period’s transformations were experienced by the recipients, rather than the generators, of novelty. My first book, Reading Galileo, examines how seventeenth-century readers read and appropriated Galileo’s final published book, his 1638 Two New Sciences, into their own scholarship. It argues that, contrary to Galileo’s portrayal of his work as a decisive break with past forms of scholarship, period readers read Galileo as contributing to and in dialogue with the practices and aims of traditional natural philosophy. The discovery of several copies of Galileo's Two New Sciences heavily annotated by period readers has led me to related research concerning the ways early modern readers read and annotated mathematical books. I am also beginning work on a new project regarding the acquisition and transmission of mining technology across Europe and the Atlantic from 1400 to 1800.
Reading Galileo: Scribal technologies and the Two New Sciences (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017)
“Galileo’s Two New Sciences as a Model of Reading Practices,” Journal of the History of Ideas 77.4 (October 2016): 539-565.
“Eclecticism as a vibrant philosophical program: Claude Bérigard and Mauro Mancini on the
University of Pisa,” History of Universities XXIX/1 (2016): 1-24.
“Reading Galileo’s Discorsi in the early modern university,” Renaissance Quarterly 68.2 (June 2015): 558-96. Received the William Nelson Prize for the best article published in Renaissance Quarterly during 2015.
“Galileo’s Discorsi as a tool for the analytical art,” Annals of Science 72.1 (January 2015): 99-123.
“Teaching sunspots: Disciplinary identity and scholarly practice in the Collegio Romano,” History of Science 52.2 (2014): 130-52.
“Teaching through diagrams: Galileo's Dialogo and Discorsi and his Pisan readers,” Early Science and Medicine 18.1-2 (2013): 201-230.
2014-15 Hellman Fellow
Renaissance Society of America, Bodleian Library Research Grant (2014)
Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Hanna Kiel Fellow (2012-13)
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