A Transition from the ‘Old’ to the ‘New’ Science

  • Monique Frize


This chapter discusses the transition from the ‘old’ traditional approach to science to the ‘new methods’ based on experiments that enable theories to be developed or verified. An in-depth discussion is beyond the scope of this book, but a short description of the institutions where this transition first occurred is presented. The chapter then examines how Laura Bassi’s life and work changed dramatically in 1745, when she could finally set aside her literary works and concentrate on science. The chapter ends by showing how Laura’s scientific work was on the pulse of things and how she made the transition from the old science to the new. Laura Bassi embraced the new methods and taught them to students at a time when universities were still mainly teaching theory and the traditional philosophy originating from Aristotle and Descartes among others.


Teaching Theory Natural Philosopher Italian Peninsula Male Colleague Amateur Astronomer 
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  1. 1.OttawaCanada

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