Digital Humanities – Crystal Hall (Bowdoin College), Computing Galileo’s Library: The Humanities’ Role in Shaping Computation

22497545_1486665248047458_1495380118_n2 November, 11 h

This presentation explores the creation of a digital humanities project as an opportunity for humanists to intervene in design thinking in ways that have broad ramifications. The case study of building an interactive, digital laboratory for the study of Galileo Galilei’s library, offers a way to assert the value of ambiguous and missing data, database design for exploration rather than retrieval, and experimentation via historical epistemologies. Examples will be drawn from Galileo’s works and books related to literature and natural philosophy from early modern Italy.