Kresge Library

History Comes Alive Series

Professor Craig Martin will present the lecture on "The Concept of Weather in Renaissance Europe," on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 7 p.m. in the Oakland Room of the Oakland Center.

Shifts in weather and climate left the Renaissance philosophers grappling for explanations. Professor Martin will examine the way Renaissance thinkers questioned what weather meant to religion, health and scientific methodology, and discuss how these philosophers integrated knowledge taken from explorers to better understand the earth’s climates.

Professor Martin teaches History of Science and has published work on Renaissance science, medicine and intellectual history. His current research is on Islamic intellectual influences in Renaissance Italy.*

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Please call (248) 370-3511 or e-mail

Selected Articles by Professor Martin**:

Martin, Craig. "With Aristotelians Like These, Who Needs Anti-Aristotelians? Chymical Corpuscular Matter Theory In Niccolò Cabeo’s Meteorology." Early Science and Medicine 11.2 (2006): 135-161.

---. "Experience of the New World and Aristotelian Revisions of the Earth’s Climates during the Renaissance." History of Meteorology 3 (2006): 1-16;

---. "Latin Averroists." Medieval Science, Technology, and Medicine : An Encyclopedia. Ed. Glick, Thomas F. Livesey,Steven John and Faith Wallis. New York: Routledge, 2005. 307-308.

Related Books in Print at Kresge Library:

Debus, Allen. Man and nature in the Renaissance. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1978.

Descartes, René. Discourse on Method, Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Pub, 2001.

Field, J V and Frank James. Renaissance and revolution : humanists, scholars, craftsmen, and natural philosophers in early modern Europe. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Heninger, S K. A handbook of Renaissance meteorology, with particular reference to Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Ogilvie, Brian. The science of describing : natural history in Renaissance Europe. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1960.

Description from the History Comes Alive 2007 Lecture Series Brochure.

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