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John Wallis at 400: a workshop on Science, Mathematics, and Religion in 17th-c. England

John Wallis at 400: a workshop on Science, Mathematics, and Religion in 17th-c. England
170 St George Street, JHB rooms 100 and 616
Time: Nov 2nd, 1:00 pm End: Nov 2nd, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Science/Technology, Religion, Study of (FAS), Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1500-1800

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts on Time, Rhythm, and Pace is pleased to present:


This international workshop marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Wallis, the Oxford-based mathematician, natural philosopher, and theologian. Scholars working on Wallis will present their research and its impact on the study of the science-religion relationship in the seventeenth century.

Please note: this workshop will begin at 1:00 sharp.

Session 1, 1:00-2:00
Wallis’s Algebra and Its Legacy (JHB 616)

  • Amir Alexander, History, UCLA “Experimental Algebra: How John Wallis Saved Mathematics for the Royal Society” [abstract]
  • Abram Kaplan, History, Columbia “Reshaping the Algebra of Conic Sections: Newton Reads Wallis” [abstract]

Coffee, 2:00-2:10   

Session 2, 2:10-3:30
IHPST Colloquium (JHB 100a)

  • Douglas Jesseph, Philosophy, University of South Florida “Wallis vs. Hobbes: Mathematics, Politics, and Theology” [abstract]

Coffee, 3:30-3:45

Session 3, 3:45-5:15
Science and Religion in Wallis’s Works (JHB 100a)

  • Louisiane Ferlier, Royal Society of London “John Wallis’s World of Ink: From Manuscripts to Library” [abstract]
  • Jason Rampelt, HPS, University of Pittsburgh  “John Wallis’s Ecclesiology” [abstract]
  • Adam Richter, IHPST, University of Toronto  “John Wallis and the Catholics” [abstract]

Closing Remarks, 5:15-5:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to all. For further information please contact Professor Yiftach Fehige.

Download flyer [pdf]

Download program and abstracts as a single document [pdf]

Co-sponsors:   Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, FAS Department of Philosophy, UTM Department of Historical Studies, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Northrop Frye Centre, Wycliffe College, Victoria College, Emmanuel College, St. Michael's College


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