Speaker: Nathan Sivin, University of Pennsylvania
In his talk, ‘Why Some Comparisons Make More Difference than Others,’ Professor Sivin will explore motivations for East-West and other comparative studies, as well as the methodological challenges that they involve.
Nathan Sivin, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, is a generalist who has contributed studies of all the sciences and medicine in every period of Chinese history, and comparative studies of these fields in China and Europe. He has taught a range of courses from the Scientific Revolution in Europe to advanced classical Chinese, as well as the sociology of professionalization (with Renée Fox) and ritual in science, technology, and medicine.
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