Baroque Science

This project aims to establish a new interpretation of the evolution of science in its most formative era the so-called scientific revolution of 17th century Europe. It aims to replace the still-common triumphalist narratives the Scientific Revolution with an account of the tensions, anxieties and compromises that shaped the New Science and enabled its spectacular success. Enforcing order in the face of threatening chaos, blurring boundaries between the natural and the artificial and mobilizing imagination and passions in the service of objective knowledge, it argues, the New Science is a Baroque phenomenon.

(Funded by the Australian Research Council, project DP0664046)

Gal, O. and R. Chen-Morris, Baroque Science. Chicago: Chicago University Press (2013).

Gal, O. and R. Chen-Morris, Science in Baroque Culture. International Archives for the History of Ideas 209, Dordrecht: Springer Verlag (2012).

Gal O. and R. Chen-Morris, Baroque Optics and the Disappearance of the Observer. Journal of the History of Ideas 71.2 (2010): 191-217. (Forkosch Prize).

Research Team:
Ofer Gal