The Making and Knowing Project

The Making and Knowing Project is a research and pedagogical initiative in the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University that explores the intersections between artistic making and scientific knowing. Today these realms are regarded as separate, yet in the earliest phases of the Scientific Revolution, nature was investigated primarily by skilled artisans by means of continuous and methodical experimentation in the making of objects – the time when “making” was “knowing.” Drawing on techniques from both laboratory and archival research, the Making and Knowing Project crosses the science/humanities divide and explores the relationships between today’s labs and the craft workshops of the past, and between pre-industrial conceptions of natural knowledge and our understanding of science and art today.

Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science (NEH Summer Institute, Florence Italy 2012), edited by Francesca Fiorani and Anna Marazeula Kim (March 2014)

This collection of essays emerged from the research projects that 24 NEH Scholars developed during the NEH Summer Institute “Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science” (Florence, Italy, June–July 2012), hosted by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (KHI). Over a period of three weeks, NEH Scholars explored the relations between art and science in the works of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), the versatile, canonical artist of western art who moved with equal ease among artistic, literary, intellectual and scientific circles. The Institute was organized around three major themes: Word and Image, Painting and Drawing, and Craftsmen and Scholars.

The Newton Project

The Newton Project is dedicated to publishing in full an online edition of all of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642–1727) printed and unprinted writings, including his notebooks and correspondence. The edition presents a full (diplomatic) rendition featuring all the amendments Newton made to his own texts or a more readable (normalised) version. Also includes translations of his most important Latin religious texts.

Italian Academies Database

The online interactive Database of Academies includes books published by Academies from 1525–1700 and people involved in Academies or in the publishing industry. It contains about 10,000 entries, in particular academicians, authors, contributors, dedicatees, printers, publishers, editors, illustrators, Academies’ emblems and lists of members, and lists of books published under their auspices. Each book is described through some 20 fields. Each person is searchable, as far as possible, according to dates, nationality, profession, gender, nickname in Academies, and their role in publications.

Mapping the Republic of Letters

Mapping the Republic of Letters

Mapping the Republic of Letters explores scholarly networks from Erasmus to Benjamin Franklin using vizualization, timelines, and network analysis. The project’s datasets includes information on scholarly correspondence, correspondence networks, publications, maps, and travelogs. To date it includes case studies on Voltaire, Galileo, and Athanasius Kircher.