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Title Laura Bassi- the world's first woman professor in natural philosophy : an iconic Pphysicist in Enlightenment Italy / Luisa Cifarelli, Raffaella Simili, editors.
Imprint Cham : Springer, [2020]

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Series Springer biographies, 2365-0613
Springer biographies. 2365-0613
Subject Bassi, Laura, 1711-1778.
Women physicists -- Italy -- Biography.
Physics -- Italy -- History -- 18th century.
Science -- Italy -- History -- 18th century.
Civilization -- History.
Alt Name Cifarelli, L. (Luisa),
Simili, Raffaella,
Description 1 online resource (xi, 149 pages) : illustrations.
Note Includes index.
Summary This book provides a fascinating insight into the life and scientific work of Laura Bassi, the first female member of the influential Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna and also the first woman to be appointed a university professor in physics, or universal philosophy as it was then termed. The book describes Laura Bassi's research activities and achievements, explaining the influence of Newton, her role in promoting Newtonian experimental physics in Bologna, and her work as an experimentalist, including on electricity. Much attention is paid to the context in which Bassi developed her career. The very considerable difficulties faced by a woman surrounded by male university teachers and members of the Academy are discussed, casting light on the constraints that led Bassi to set up the first experimental physics laboratory in her home, complete with the many instruments required for experimentation and private teaching. The aim is to provide a rounded and well-documented account of the scientific endeavors and achievements of a too often overlooked scientist who struggled to overcome the prejudices of her age.
Contents Laura Bassi: emblem and record in Settecento science, Luisa Cifarelli, Raffaella Simili -- History of Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna, Walter Tega -- Luigi Ferdinando Marsili. European traveller and natural philosopher, Walter Tega -- Newton's legacy: an open field of research, Niccolo Guicciardini -- Physics in the eighteenth century: new lectures, entertainment and wonder, Sofia Talas -- Always among men: Laura Bassi at the Bologna Academy of Sciences (1732-78), Paula Findlen -- Giovanni Bianchi: a sensitive promoter of the world of the women, Miriam Focaccia -- The home laboratory of the couple Verratti-Bassi, Marta Cavazza -- Name index -- Acknowledgements / Credits.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed January 26, 2021).
ISBN 9783030539627 (electronic bk.)
3030539628 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-53962-7
OCLC # 1225563651
Additional Format 303053961X

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