(ANSA) – Trieste, July 13 – Human history is the history of knowledge and its changes, perhaps the most important stages of which are the development of writing, the industrial revolution, the origin of mathematics and the current era, entitled the Anthropocene. This is the theme of the international conference “The Evolution of Knowledge” to be held in Trieste from 14 to 16 July at Sissa (International Graduate School of Advanced Studies) and whose main guest will be Jürgen Rehn, one of the most important historians of the living sciences, authors of an encyclopedic work entitled, On the face of Definition, “Evolution in Knowledge”.
The heroes of the three days will also be philosopher and scholar Nuccio Order, former director of CISA, Stefano Ruffo, and Hanoch Gutfreund, director of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The conference will address the history of science using the tools and methods of other disciplines, from evolutionary biology to cognitive science, with the aim of taking a new approach to the history and philosophy of science.
Stefano Ruffo, who has been friends for several decades with Jurgen Renn, explains the value of his work. “Wren is part of this line of historians who also deal with the history of institutions. Science is one with art, knowledge and culture, so the idea is that science somehow evolves in a Darwinian way, as well as biological systems. In Wren however, there is progress compared to Thomas Kuhn, It is a huge work, also in terms of investments and financing, and has been embodied in a volume just released in Italy, published by Carocchi “The Evolution of Knowledge.” The premise is that science acts as a biological system, using, conditioning, and improving bits of knowledge, just like muscles, and the ear works “. Slow progress, small progress and suddenly, a leap: “Kohn says science works by doing natural things and at certain times there are ‘revolutions.’ Wren disagrees with revolutions, he talks about ‘upheavals,’ after which there are new balances compared to the previous,” he concludes. Rufu. (Dealing).
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