Image Worlds and Knowledge Systems. The Genesis of Modern Natural Sciences – Galileo and the Consequences

A Discussion with Horst Bredekamp and Juergen Renn
June 30th, 2008

Moderator: Dr. Martin Warnke, Information Technology and Culture, Leuphana University of Lueneburg

With his study “Galilei der Kuenstler – Die Zeichnung, der Mond, die Sonne” [Galileo the Artist – The Drawing, the Moon, the Sun] published by Akademie Verlag Berlin in 2007, art historian Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp has made an outstanding contribution to the early history of modern science. Using Galileo as an example, he furnished proof that art plays a crucial role in scientific representation. The historian of science Prof. Dr. Juergen Renn, director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, responded to this publication with a remarkable review in the daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 11/16/2007.

Literature on the topic:

  • Bredekamp, Horst: Galilei der Kuenstler - Die Zeichnung, der Mond, die Sonne. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2007

  • Bredekamp, Horst [ed.]: Visuelle Argumentationen : die Mysterien der Repraesentation und die Berechenbarkeit der Welt. Munich : Fink, 2006

  • Damerow, Peter; Freudenthal, Gideon; McLaughlin, Peter; Renn, Juergen: Exploring the Limits of Preclassical Mechanics : A study of Conceptual Development in Early Modern Science ; Free Fall and Compounded Motion in the Work of Descartes, Galileo, and Beeckman. New York [i.a.]: Springer, 2004

  • Lefèvre, Wolfgang; Renn, Juergen; Schoepflin, Urs [eds.]: The Power of Images in Early Modern Science. Basel [i.a.] : Birkhaeuser, 2003

  • Renn, Juergen [ed.]: Galileo in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000