On October 27, Ivano Dal Prete, Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine program at Yale University, will be joining online to discuss his recent monograph On the Edge of Eternity. In this book, Ivano Dal Prete overturns the received history of deep time in the Western civilization. Against the common assumption of the eighteenth-century discovery of the antiquity of the Earth, Dal Prete shows that its old age was widely and freely discussed in medieval and early modern Europe, including in didactic works intended for a large audience. The current narrative is the product of Enlightenment political and cultural agendas, that created the myth of a Christian tradition uniformly opposed to the idea of an ancient world.
Ivano Dal Prete
Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine program at Yale University
Ivano Dal Prete is Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine program at Yale University. He has taught and conducted research at the University of Minnesota, Columbia University, Harvard/Villa I Tatti (Florence), the Huntington Library (Pasadena), and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America (Columbia University). He has worked and published extensively on the social and cultural history of early modern astronomy, Earth sciences, scientific networks, and science and religion.