Vita Fortunati, Elena Agazzi (Hg.)
Interfacing Science, Literature, and the Humanities
This series aims to investigate links and differences between the sciences and the humanities in order to question the very idea of ›influence‹, or ›mutual influences‹, in favour of a more dynamic idea of ›interfacing‹.
A fundamental point of departure is to acknowledge that the two spheres of knowledge, humanistic and scientific, often develop new models of investigation at the same time, simultaneously responding to as well as engendering complex scientific and cultural phenomena. The concept of interfacing involves an integrated view of new fields of knowledge in new contexts. No longer linked to traditional ideas of ›cause‹ and ›effect‹, isomorphism implies simultaneity and not consequentiality. It is not always one of the two fields that influences the other: isomorphism implies joint discoveries, as both domains tend to develop, at the same time, new investigative models and systems of representation.
Dialogue and mutual understanding between the so called ›two cultures‹ will thus be stimulated.
Major research areas cover interfacing models and paradigms in sciences and humanities, cultural representations of science and technology, scientific discoveries and narrative discourses, memoirs of scientists, crossing boundaries between
sciences and humanities through learning, and humanities through applied sciences, including information technologies.
The series will host both monographs and collections of essays in English, German, French and Italian. The variety of languages testifies to the will, shared by the editors and scientific board, to shape an integrated knowledge in an European perspective.