I TATTI STUDIES IN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE HISTORY
Cover: Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy, from Harvard University PressCover: Daughters of Alchemy in HARDCOVER

Daughters of Alchemy

Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy

Add to Cart

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$51.00 • £40.95 • €46.00

ISBN 9780674504233

Publication Date: 04/06/2015

Text

304 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 halftones

Villa I Tatti > I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History

World

[A] timely book.—Jennifer Rampling, Nature

A pioneering text that brings together unheard, forgotten, or simply unexamined voices of intellectual women who operated as practitioners, authors, and patrons of science—that is, women who gave themselves the opportunity to ‘philosophize with their hands’—before the Enlightenment… This is a learned book with a well-argued thesis, convincing research, and lucid writing… Daughters of Alchemy should be required reading for anyone interested in discussing scientific work of the early modern period in Italy.—Valeria Finucci, Renaissance and Reformation

A sustained meditation on how and why women in early modern Italy pursued science. Ray examines the presence of women in the scientific culture of the late fifteenth through the early seventeenth centuries, from alchemy, medicine, and books of secrets to natural history, natural philosophy, and astronomy. Daughters of Alchemy invites readers to discern women’s voices—what they knew and what they wanted to know, what they wrote, read, and discussed—in the Renaissance’s conversation about the natural world.—Paula Findlen, author of Early Modern Things: Objects and Their Histories, 1500–1800

This original, fascinating study brings together in one place six compelling stories of Italian women who were important players in the production and transmission of scientific knowledge (especially in the areas of alchemy, and early forms of chemistry, biology, and botany) in early modern Europe. Ray’s research demonstrates not only the inherent challenges gender, social class, and religious affiliation played in this arena, but the creative solutions and unique strengths such challenges inspired in these early modern thinkers as they operated within the domestic, commercial, and academic spheres. At the heart of Ray’s analysis is the literary: a tool and vehicle powerfully used by the women Ray studies in their scientific discourse. Scholars of Italian Literature, Renaissance Studies, and Women’s Studies will find Daughters of Alchemy particularly of interest.—Arielle Saiber, author of Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: The Strategy of Conflict, by Thomas C. Schelling, from Harvard University Press

Schelling the Trailblazer

Books influence us in untold ways, and the ones that influence us the most are often read in childhood. Harvard University Press Senior Editor Julia Kirby is reminded of this on the anniversary of the birth of one of this country’s most celebrated economists. This month would have brought Thomas Schelling’s one-hundredth birthday—and he got closer to seeing it than many mortals. The Nobel laureate economist died just five years ago, after a brilliant career as both a scholar and an advisor to US foreign policy strategists. What better day to dip into his classic work