University of Pittsburgh
Primary Faculty

Paolo Palmieri

Associate Professor

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1017 CL
412-624-5881 pap7@pitt.edu Web site
I practice the history and philosophy of modern science, and modern science itself. I focus on the intellectual traditions that shaped the values of modernity. I am fascinated by the creative processes at the crossroads of art, science, and technology. To learn about the interplay of cognition and practices, I integrate the history and philosophy of science with computer models and laboratory experimentation. I hold degrees in enginering and philosophy and a doctorate from the University of London.

Recent Courses

History and Philosophy of Early Calculus

The Unity of Science

Selected Publications

Reenacting Galileo’s Experiments: Rediscovering the Techniques of Seventeenth-Century Science. Foreword by William R. Shea. The Mellen Press, 2008.

“A Phenomenology of Galileo’s Experiments with Pendulums," The British Journal for the History of Science, 42, 479-513 (2009).

“Experimental History: Swinging Pendulums and Melting Shellac," Endeavour, 33, 88-92 (2009).

“Response to Maarten Van Dyck’s Commentary," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 40, 319-321 (2009).

“Superposition: on Cavalieri’s Practice of Mathematics," Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 63, 471-495 (2009).

“Radical Mathematical Thomism: Beings of Reason and Divine Decrees in Torricelli’s Philosophy of Mathematics," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 40, 131-142 (2009).

“Galileus deceptus, non minime decepit: A Re-appraisal of a Counter-argument in Dialogo to the Extrusion Effect of a Rotating Earth," Journal for the History of Astronomy, 39, 425-452 (2008).

“Breaking the Circle: the Emergence of Archimedean Mechanics in the Late Renaissance," Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 62, 301-346 (2008).