Dialogue of Civilizations

In the past 500 years, there have been two revolutions in scientific thought. Newton's discovery of the universal law of gravitation was the climax of the Scientific Revolution, which swept across Italy and all of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was during this period that a dramatically different approach to creating knowledge based on experimentation and precise mathematical models was developed. The Scientific Revolution gave scientists the optimism that, in principle, they could understand everything about the world around them.

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The Dialogue in Italy

Students participating in this Dialogue of Civilizations program will immerse themselves in connections with the local Italian community.In Scientific Revolutions Abroad, they will trace the evolution of scientific thought in chemistry and alchemy, physics and astronomy, mathematics and logic, medicine and anatomy, geography and exploration, and engineering and technology from the 16th through 19th centuries. This material will be presented by local guest lecturers who are scientists, historians, academics, and museum curators with relevant expertise. Since much of the history of science took place during the Italian Renaissance, there will be natural connections between the material and the sites we are visiting.

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