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Siraisi, Nancy G.

Works: 55 works in 233 publications in 3 languages and 10,272 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Biography  Atlases 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: R141, 610.902
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Most widely held works about Nancy G Siraisi
Most widely held works by Nancy G Siraisi
Medieval & early Renaissance medicine : an introduction to knowledge and practice by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

29 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Western Europe supported a highly developed and diverse medical community in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. In her absorbing history of this complex era in medicine, Siraisi explores the inner workings of the medical community and illustrates the connections of medicine to both natural philosophy and technical skills
New worlds, ancient texts : the power of tradition and the shock of discovery by Anthony Grafton( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Turkish and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On encountering what he called "the Indies," the Jesuit Jose de Acosta wrote, "Having read what poets and philosophers write of the Torrid Zone, I persuaded myself that when I came to the Equator, I would not be able to endure the violent heat, but it turned out otherwise ... What could I do then but laugh at Aristotle's Meteorology and his philosophy?" Acosta's experience echoes that of his fellow travelers to the New World, and it is this experience, with its profound effect on Western culture, that Anthony Grafton charts. Describing an era of exploration that went far beyond geographic bounds, this book shows how the evidence of the New World shook the foundations of the old, upsetting the authority of the ancient texts that had guided Europeans so far afield. The intellectual shift mapped out here, a movement from book learning to empirical knowledge, did not take place easily or quickly, and Grafton presents it in all its drama and complexity. What he recounts is in effect a war of ideas fought, sometimes unwittingly by mariners, scientists, publishers, scholars, and rulers over one hundred fifty years. He shows us explorers from Cortes and Columbus to Scaliger and Munster, laden with ideas gathered from ancient and medieval texts, in their encounters with the world at large. In colorful vignettes, firsthand accounts, published debates, and copious illustrations, we see these men and their contemporaries trying to make sense of their discoveries as they sometimes confirm, sometimes contest, and finally displace traditional images and notions of the world beyond Europe. The fundamental cultural revolution that Grafton documents still reverberates in our time. By taking us into this battle of books versus facts, a conflict that has shaped global views for centuries, Grafton allows us to re-experience and understand the Renaissance as it continues to this day
Arts and sciences at Padua: the studium of Padua before 1350 by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Avicenna in Renaissance Italy : the Canon and medical teaching in Italian universities after 1500 by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taddeo Alderotti and his pupils : two generations of Italian medical learning by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and Italian and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural particulars : nature and the disciplines in Renaissance Europe( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation This volume examines the transformation in ways of studying nature that took place in Western Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Some of the essays trace particular textual traditions, while others follow the development of scholarly and professional communities. Some concentrate on the internal analysis of primary sources, while others examine the spread of practices to larger groups. Central to all is the search for a context for the increased fascination with nature, and especially with natural particulars--the details of natural forms, plants, and animals--that characterized this period. The essays also discuss how older theories and methods continued to exist; how the renewed study of classical sources introduced new problems and theories into the study of nature; how the structure of disciplines, both old and new, shaped approaches to the natural world; and how the material and practical means of disseminating knowledge helped to shape its content.Recently the history of science in early modern Europe has been both invigorated and obscured by divisions between scholars of different schools. One school tends to claim that rigorous textual analysis provides the key to the development of science, whereas others tend to focus on the social and cultural contexts within which disciplines grew. This volume challenges such divisions, suggesting that multiple historical approaches are both legitimate and mutually complementary.Contributors : Michael J. B. Allen, Ann Blair, Daniela Mugnai Carrara, Brian P. Copenhaver, Chiara Crisciani, Luc Deitz, Paula Findlen, James Hankins, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, John Monfasani, William Newman, Vivian Nutton, Katharine Park
The clock and the mirror : Girolamo Cardano and Renaissance medicine by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cardano's medical advice included the suggestion that "the studious man should always have at hand a clock and a mirror"--A clock to keep track of the passage of time and a mirror to observe the changing condition of his body. The remark, which recalls his astrological and autobiographical interests, is emblematic of the many connections between his medicine and his other pursuits. Cardano's philosophical eclecticism, beliefs about occult forces in nature, theories about dreams, and free transactions between academic and popularizing scientific writing also contributed to his medicine
History, medicine, and the traditions of Renaissance learning by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A major, pathbreaking work, History, Medicine, and the Traditions of Renaissance Learning is Nancy G. Siraisi's examination into the intersections of medically trained authors and history in the period 1450 to 1650. Rather than studying medicine and history as separate disciplinary traditions, Siraisi calls attention to their mutual interaction in the rapidly changing world of Renaissance erudition. Far from then-contributions being a mere footnote in the historical record, medical writers had extensive involvement in the reading, production, and shaping of historical knowledge during this important period. With remarkably detailed scholarship, Siraisi investigates doctors' efforts to explore the legacies handed down to them from ancient medical and anatomical writings and the difficult reconciliations this required between the authority of the ancient world and the discoveries of the modern. She also studies the ways in which sixteenth -century medical authors wrote history, both in their own medical texts and in more general historical works. In the course of her study, Siraisi finds that what allowed medical writers to become so fully engaged in the writing of history was their general humanistic background, their experience of history through the field of medicine's past, and the tools that the writing of history offered to the development of a rapidly evolving profession."--BOOK JACKET
Historia : empiricism and erudition in early modern Europe( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The early modern genre of historia connected the study of nature and the study of culture from the early Renaissance to the eighteenth century. The ubiquity of historia as a descriptive method across a variety of disciplines -- including natural history, medicine, antiquarianism, and philology -- indicates how closely intertwined these scholarly pursuits were in the early modern period. The essays collected in this volume demonstrate that historia can be considered a key epistemic tool of early modern intellectual practices. Focusing on the actual use of historia across disciplines, the essays highlight a distinctive feature of early modern descriptive sciences: the coupling of observational skills with philological learning, empiricism with erudition. Thus the essays bring to light previously unexamined links between the culture of humanism and the scientific revolution. The contributors, from a range of disciplines that echoes the broad scope of early modern historia, examine such topics as the development of a new interest in historical method from the Renaissance artes historicae to the eighteenth-century tension between "history" and "system"; shifts in Aristotelian thought paving the way for revaluation of historia as descriptive knowledge; the rise of the new discipline of natural history; the uses of historia in anatomical and medical investigation and the writing of history by physicians; parallels between the practices of collecting and presenting information in both natural history and antiquarianism; and significant examples of the ease with which early seventeenth-century antiquarian scholars moved from studies of nature to studies of culture
Medicine and the Italian universities, 1250-1600 by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together fifteen essays published in the past 25 years, this voume deals with medicine in the university world of thirteenth to sixteenth century Italy, discussing both the internal academic milieu of teaching and learning and its relation to the lively urban social, economic, and cultural context in which medieval and Renaissance Italian university medicine grew up
Renaissance medical learning : evolution of a tradition( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Italian and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays in this volume address the theme of medical knowledge in western Europe between the twelfth and the sixteenth centuries, and trace developments in the ways in which the specialized knowledge appropriate to the medical profession was conceived, articulated, and put to use
Communities of learned experience : epistolary medicine in the Renaissance by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the Renaissance, collections of letters both satisfied humanist enthusiasm for ancient literary forms and provided the flexibility of a format appropriate to many types of inquiry. The printed collections of medical letters by Giovanni Manardo of Ferrara and other physicians in early sixteenth-century Europe may thus be regarded as products of medical humanism. The letters of mid- and late sixteenth-century Italian and German physicians examined in Communities of Learned Experience by Nancy G. Siraisi also illustrate practices associated with the concepts of the Republic of Letters: open and relatively informal communication among a learned community and a liberal exchange of information and ideas. Additionally, such published medical correspondence may often have served to provide mutual reinforcement of professional reputation. Siraisi uses some of these collections to compare approaches to sharing medical knowledge across broad regions of Europe and within a city, with the goal of illuminating geographic differences as well as diversity within social, urban, courtly, and academic environments of medical learning and practice. The collections she has selected include essays on general medical topics addressed to colleagues or disciples, some advice for individual patients (usually written at the request of the patient's doctor), and a strong dose of controversy."--Project Muse
The fabric of the human body : an annotated translation of the 1543 and 1555 editions by Andreas Vesalius( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title recreates the masterpiece of science and art for the first time in a way that is understandable to 21st century readers who do not have any knowledge of Latin. The texts of both the 1543 and the 1555 editions have been translated with the utmost care by Northwestern University Professors Emeritus Daniel H. Garrison and Malcolm H. Hast, a task they completed in over 20 years of painstaking and dedicated work. Annotations give the reader keen insight into just how innovative 'De humani corporis fabrica' was, and high-resolution digital scans of the almost 300 woodcuts provide the images with a sharpness they never had before
The rational arts of living : Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Conference in the Renaissance, 1982 by Ruth and Clarence Kennedy conference in the Renaissance( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science, medicine, and the university, 1200-1550 : essays in honor of Pearl Kibre( Book )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arts and sciences in the Stadium (University) of Padua in the thirteenth and first half of the fourteenth century by Nancy G Siraisi( )

6 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The black death : the impact of the fourteenth-century plague : papers of the Eleventh Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval & Early Renaissance Studies by State University of New York at Binghamton( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il canone di Avicenna e l' insegnamento della medicina pratica in Europa by Nancy G Siraisi( )

1 edition published in 1994 in Italian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A life of learning : Charles Homer Haskins prize lecture for 2010 by Nancy G Siraisi( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From summetria to symmetry : the making of a revolutionary scientific concept by Giora Hon( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"The concept of symmetry is inherent to modern science, and its evolution has a complex history that richly exemplifies the dynamics of scientific change. This study is based on primary sources, presented in context: the authors examine closely the trajectory of the concept in the mathematical and scientific disciplines as well as its trajectory in art and architecture. The principal goal is to demonstrate that, despite the variety of usages in many different domains, there is a conceptual unity underlying the invocation of symmetry in the period from antiquity to the 1790s which is distinct from the scientific usages of this term that first emerged in France at the end of the 18th century. The key figure in revolutionizing the concept of symmetry is the mathematician, Adrien-Marie Legendre. His achievements in solid geometry (1794) are contrasted with the views of the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, on the directionality of space (1768)."--BOOK JACKET
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Medieval & early Renaissance medicine : an introduction to knowledge and practice
Alternative Names
Nancy Siraisi American medical historian

Nancy Siraisi US-amerikanische Wissenschaftshistorikerin

Siraisi, Nancy.

Siraisi, Nancy 1932-

Siraisi, Nancy G. 1932-

Siraisi, Nancy Gillian 1932-

English (180)

Italian (3)

Turkish (1)

Natural particulars : nature and the disciplines in Renaissance EuropeThe clock and the mirror : Girolamo Cardano and Renaissance medicineHistory, medicine, and the traditions of Renaissance learningHistoria : empiricism and erudition in early modern EuropeMedicine and the Italian universities, 1250-1600From summetria to symmetry : the making of a revolutionary scientific concept