The team

Our project features an interdisciplinary team of philosophers and historians of science working together and following what is essentially an integrated HPS approach.

Dana Jalobeanu, philosopher and historian of science, associate professor in the Department of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bucharest, will work on the reception of Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum in the second part of the seventeenth century and on the English reception of Giovanni Battista Della Porta’s Magia naturalis. Her investigation will focus on the ways in which recipes and technologies recorded by Della Porta have been enacted and recorded in the works of English naturalists and philosophers, such as Hugh Platt and Francis Bacon.

Oana Matei is researcher at IRH-ICUB, University of Bucharest, and lecturer in political sciences at the Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad. In the past years, as part of several research projects, she worked on the reception of Baconianism in the mid-seventeenth century England. Her research covers various aspects of the early modern methodology of experimentation, particularly in the field of experiments with plants and their contribution to the rise of modern science. In the “Recipes, Technologies, Experiments: Enactment and the Emergence of Modern Science” Oana Matei works on defining the concepts of enactment and technology, illustrating them through different case studies particularly dealing with the vegetal world.

Alexandru Liciu is a second year PhD student at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, writing a thesis on Robert Hooke’s use of practical mathematics. Liciu’s interest for the persona of Hooke derived from his earlier work on Francis Bacon and the 17th century experimental philosophy. In the “Recipes, Technologies, Experiments” research project, Liciu will investigate the way in which enactment and technologies play a role in Hooke’s building of a science of rarefaction and condensation, and more generally in the discussion on the scientia of condensation in the context of the Royal Society.

In addition, we will hire one post doctoral researcher (vacant position) who will work on investigating case studies of enactment and emergent technologies in various scientia of the seventeenth century such as mixed mathematics. A theme we want to cover relates to Marin Mersenne’s attempts to build a Baconian science of sounds, based on the recipes and experiments borrowed from Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum. Another case-study we want to cover is that of enacting recipes of “magnetization” and “demagnetization” borrowed initially from Della Porta. Last but not least, we want to investigate some of the recipes and technologies recorded in the manuscripts of Henry Power (held by the British Library)

We will soon advertise two more positions for students – master students with an interest in research. These students will take part of our regular meetings and learn how to do research. They will also help us to organize events and bring publications to completion, thus learning “the tricks of the trade”.

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