Science Talk at the Alliance (STA) – Online !

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Is Modern Science Really Western?

Abstract :

Modern science is widely considered to be a purely western European creation, originating in the “Scientific Revolution” of the 16th and 17th centuries, which owes nothing to other cultures or times. In consequence, the history of science traditionally poses two kinds of questions with respect to its relationship with the rest of the world. Firstly, why did modern science develop there? Secondly, how did it spread to the rest of the world? This talk will question the western origins of modern science, showing instead its origins in intercultural encounter and interaction between European and others in the course of European expansion since the 16th century.

About Kapil Raj:

Kapil Raj is a research professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in (Paris) and visiting professor at Ashoka University near Delhi. His research focuses on the construction of scientific knowledge through intercultural encounter notably between Indian and Europeans between the 17th and the 21st century, and currently finishing a book on the urban and intellectual dynamics of Calcutta in the 18th century.


Discussant :   Pranav Sharma, Science Communicator.