Paola Bertucci

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Assistant Professor of History and History of Medicine; Assistant Curator Peabody Museum
Office: 
HGS 300A
Phone: 
203-432-1397
Field(s) of interest: 
Enlightenment science and medicine; scientific collections and museums; the early modern body


Paola Bertucci received her D.Phil. in History of Science from the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on various aspects of science and medicine in the age of Enlightenment: the involvement of the human body in electrical experiments, the material culture of science, science and secrecy. She is the author of a book on scientific culture in 18th-century Italy (Viaggio nel paese delle meraviglie. Scienza e curiosità nell’Italia del Settecento, Turin: Bollati Boringhieri, 2007) and co-editor of a volume on the history of the medical applications of electricity (Electric Bodies. Episodes in the history of medical electricity, Bologna: 2001). She has organized several museum exhibitions, including two permanent installations from the 18th-century collections of the new Galileo Museum (formerly Museum of the History of Science) in Florence, Italy: The Spectacle of Science and Science at Home.

In 2012 she received the Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching from Yale College.

Selected Publications


Books
Viaggio nel paese delle meraviglie. Scienza e curiosità nell’Italia del Settecento [A journey in the land of marvels. Science and curiosity in eighteenth-century Italy]. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2007
 
Electric bodies. Episodes in the history of medical electricity (co-edited with Giuliano Pancaldi), Bologna: CIS, University of Bologna, 2001
 
Articles & book chapters

“Enlightened Secrets: Silk, Industrial Espionage, and Intelligent Travel in 18th-century France”, Technology and Culture 54 (2013): 820-52

 
“Designing the house of knowledge in 18th-century Naples: the ephemeral museum of Ferdinando Spinelli, Prince of Tarsia”, in Jim Bennett, Sofia Talas (eds), Cabinets of Experimental Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Europe, Brill, 2013
 
“The architecture of knowledge: Science, collecting and display in eighteenth-century Naples”, in Helen Hills, Melissa Calaresu (eds.), New Approaches to Naples c.1500-1800, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013
 
“The spectacle of science” in Filippo Camerota ed., Galileo Museum. Masterpieces of science, Florence: Giunti, 2010
 
“Science in the Domestic Sphere” in Filippo Camerota ed., Galileo Museum. Masterpieces of science, Florence: Giunti, 2010
 
“Enlightening Towers: Public Opinion, Local Authorities and the Reformation of Meteorology in Eighteenth Century Italy”, in Playing with Fire: Histories of the Lightning Rod, P. Heering, O. Hochadel, D. Rhees (eds.), Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society
 
“Domestic Spectacles: electrical demonstrations between business and conversation”, in Christine Blondel, Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (eds.), Science and Spectacle in the European Enlightenment, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008
 

“Therapeutic attractions: early applications of electricity to the art of healing” in H.A. Whitaker, C.U.M. Smith, S. Finger (eds.) Brain, Mind and Medicine: Essays in Eighteenth-Century Neuroscience, Boton: Springer, 2007

 
“Revealing Sparks. John Wesley and the religious utility of electrical healing”, British Journal for the History of Science, 39 (2006), 341-62
 
“Back from Wonderland: Jean Antoine Nollet’s Italian Tour (1749)”, in L. Evans, A. Marr (eds.), Curiosity and Wonder from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, Aldeshot: Ashgate, 2006
 
 

“Sparking Controversy. Jean Antoine Nollet and medical electricity south of the Alps”, Nuncius. Journal of the History of Science, 20 (2005), 153-187

“A philosophical business: Edward Nairne and the Patent Medical Electrical Machine (1782)”, History of Technology, 23 (2001), 41-58.

“The electrical body of knowledge: medical electricity and experimental philosophy in the mid-eighteenth century”, in P. Bertucci, G. Pancaldi (eds.), Electric Bodies. Episodes in the history of medical electricity, Bologna: CIS, Dipartimento di Filosofia, 2001