The Rise of the Scientific Society
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The Rise of the Scientific Society

The Rise of the Scientific Society

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Royal Holloway, University of London

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The Rise of the Scientific Society

Professor Justin Champion, Department of History
Professor Andrew Scott, Department of Earth Sciences

Reflecting the increasing interest across Europe in what we now call science (the discovery of the natural world), Prince Federico Cesi founded the Accademei dei Lincei or Academy of the Linxes, the first Scientific Academy in Europe (1603). One of the early members of the Society was Galileo. The Society was the first to publish observations using both the telescope and microscope. After Cesi’s death in 1630 the Society underwent difficulties including the trial of Galileo. By the 1650s the interest in natural philosophy (science) in England saw the foundation of the Royal Society under the patronage of the restored King of England Charles II, along with a periodical publication - the Philosophical Transactions (1665-). Both the RS and the journal remain today one of the most significant scientific fellowships in the world.

This lecture will examine the historical context and legacy of these two societies.

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