Fall 2021 Colloquium - Andre Wakefield

Andre Wakefield, Department of History, Pitzer College

Title: "Toxic Anachronism in the History of Science and Technology: The Case of Leibniz"

Abstract: The history of science and technology has long been especially prone to Whiggish anachronism. You might say it’s built into the marrow of our discipline. While the complete elimination of anachronism from our histories may be a fool’s errand, certain forms of anachronism, instantiated in what I have elsewhere called “Disney History,” constitute a problem worth discussing. I will use the case of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and his experiments with mining machines in the Harz Mountains, to demonstrate what I mean.


Lectures begin at 3:35pm in Rapson Hall 45 on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. As a reminder, masks are required indoors by University of Minnesota policy. 

The Program in History of Science, Technology and Medicine and the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science will host a joint lecture series in Fall 2021. At this time, all events will be in-person unless otherwise stated. Please contact hstm@umn.edu for more information. 




Start date
Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, 3:35 p.m.
End date
Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Rapson Hall, room 45.