Savant Relics
Brains and Remains of Scientists
Marco Beretta, Maria Conforti, and Paolo Mazzarello, editors
xi+236 pp. illustrated, 978-88135-235-7, $56.00

Savant Relics

Table of Contents

Introduction vii by Maria Conforti I Heroes, Martyrs and Saints The Perilous Fate of Savant Relics 1 Marco Beretta II Healing Tombs and Remains of Ancient Physicians and Natural Philosophers Between the Greek and the Arabic Tradition 43 Matteo Martelli III From Banned Mortal Remains to the Worshipped Relic of a Martyr of Science Vincenzo Viviani and the Birth of Galileo’s Mythography 67 Stefano Gattei IV Saint Isaac Newtonian Hagiography and the Creation of Genius 93 Rob Iliffe
V Pavia’s Relics of Notable Scientists A Journey between Science and Scientific Mythology 133 Valentina Cani VI Science, Memory and Relics in Britain 157 Ludmilla Jordanova VII The Relics of Two 19th-Century Scientists Carlo Giacomini and Cesare Lombroso 183 Silvano Montaldo VIII The Historian, the Scientist and the Fetishist Ending Provocations 201 Francesco Paolo de Ceglia Index of Names 225 Notes on Contributors 235