In 2014, CESIMA (Centre Simão Mathias of Studies in History of Science) celebrates its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, CESIMA will host an international conference, co-sponsored with the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) and the Centre of Logic, Epistemology and History of Science, Unicamp (CLE), with particular focus on the history of chemistry and related sciences. This conference also marks SHAC’s first meeting in Latin America. The following SHAC members have confirmed their participation: Robert Anderson, Jennifer Rampling, Carsten Reinhardt, Hasok Chang, Frank James, Conleth Loonan, Malika Basu and Hjalmar Fors. The 4th Allen Debus Biannual Lectures, are included as a part of the conferences programme.


Presentations will focus on exchanges of chemical knowledge – whether of theoretical aspects, practices, materials, instruments, or apparatus – from medieval times to the present day. From the reception of alchemical theories of matter, to the development of worldwide markets for chemical raw materials and products, we will ask how the science of material transformation was itself transformed through local, regional and global exchanges. Presentations will address all aspects of the history of chemistry, broadly defined to include related topics in the history of medicine and interfacial sciences.


Also studies discussing the organisation, acquisition and nature of knowledge will be presented: from “trees of knowledge” in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, to attempts to classify the scientific disciplines that ground contemporary science, and new historical methodologies and search tools that offer resources to scholars.



Executive Committee:

Ana M. Alfonso-Goldfarb (CESIMA, PUC-SP),

Walter Carnielli (CLE, Unicamp)

Robert Anderson (Clare Hall, Cambridge; president of SHAC)



Scientific Committee



Marcia H. M. Ferraz (CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Itala M. Loffredo D’Ottaviano (CLE, Unicamp)

 Hasok Chang (Univ. of Cambridge, UK)


Heloisa Domingues (Museum of Astronomy and Allied Sciences, Rio de Janeiro)

Luiz Carlos Soares (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/ Fluminense Federal University)

Olival Freire (Federal University of Bahia)

Thomas Haddad (University of Sao Paulo)

Paulo Alves Porto (University of Sao Paulo)

Patricia Aceves Pastrana (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Carlos Alberto Filgueiras (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Floriano Jonas Cesar (St Judas Thaddeus University, Sao Paulo)

Stephen Weldon (University of Oklahoma / Isis– CB)


Organising Committee



José Luiz Goldfarb (CESIMA, PUC-SP),

Marcelo E. Coniglio (CLE, Unicamp)

Frank James (Royal Institution, UK)


Maria Helena Roxo Beltran (CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Vera Cecilia Machline (CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Fumikazu Saito (CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Silvia Waisse (CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Carla Bromberg (CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Cristiana Couto (CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Lais Trindade (CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Andrea Paula dos Santos (Federal University of ABC)

Kleber Cecon (Sao Paulo State University)

Carlos Gonçalves  (University of Sao Paulo)

Maria de Lourdes Bacha (Mackenzie University, CESIMA, PUC-SP)

Gilson Queluz (Federal University of Parana)

Fabio Maia Bertato (CLE, Unicamp)

Iris Kantor (University of Sao Paulo)

Andre Mota (University of Sao Paulo)

Marcos Galindo (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Elaine Pereira de Souza (Brazilian Federal Agency for Evaluation

and Support of Graduate Education - CAPES/CESIMA, PUC-SP)


Support staff: CESIMA, PUC-SP

Chair: Silvia  Waisse


Julio F. Bacha Lamounier

Luciana C. L. Thomaz

Raphael Uchoa

Vera Lucia Oliveira Neves

Yaeko Uehara

10:00 – 12:00

Plenary session S10

S7: 11h45-13h15 – Crossing oceans: maps, territories and ideas

Classification in science: classification theories and the faceted classification principles

Physical methods of chemistry between disciplines and national cultures

24/08, Sunday

Casa das Rosas

Carsten Reinhardt, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, USA

On the history of the Ex Falso Sequitur Quodlibet and the historical roots of paraconsistent reasoning

19:30 – 20:00

Conference opening

Itala M. Loffredo D'Ottaviano, CLE, Campinas, SP

On Lonergan’s philosophy of knowing and historical insights

20:00 – 21:00

Fábio Maia Bertato, CLE, Campinas, SP

S10: 10h00-12h00 – Conceptual foundations and ‘instruments’ for organization of knowledge

Joseph Priestley: a liberal, radical and democratic thinker and activist


21:00 – 22:30

Constructing documents and memories of the Brazilian chemical community: life stories of scientists in the twentieth century

Andrea Paula dos Santos Oliveira Kamensky, UFABC, São Bernardo do Campo, SP

25/08, Monday

Casa das Rosas

250 years of Vicente Seabra, the first modern Brazilian chemist

Carlos Alberto Filgueiras, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG

10:00 – 11:30

Plenary session S1

Coffee break

11:30 – 11:45

Teaching the chemistry of platinum

Robert Anderson, Univ. of Cambridge, UK

11:45 – 13:15

Plenary session S2


13:15 – 14:30

S9: 16h50-18h20 – Crossing oceans: chemistry and the chemists

Principles of discovery in the history of science

Stephen Weldon, Univ. of Oklahoma, USA

14:30 – 16:30

Plenary session S3

Contexts of knowledge classification in Ancient Mesopotamian Culture

Coffee break

16:30 – 16:50

Carlos H. B. Gonçalves, EACH-USP, São Paulo, SP

The role of chemistry in the development of a systematic organization of mineral bodies

16:50 – 18:50

Plenary session S4

26/08, Tuesday

Andréa Bortolotto, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Charles Sanders Peirce and experimental science

Cultural programme


Guided tour to the Portuguese Language Museum (in English)

Maria de Lourdes Bacha, Univ. Mackenzie/CESIMA, São Paulo, SP


S8: 14h30-16h30 – Conceptual foundations and ‘instruments’ for history and philosophy of science


12:30 – 14:00

Appropriation of evolutionary ideas in Brazilian Anarchism (1900-1920)

Gilson Leandro Queluz, UTFPR, Curitiba, PR

14:00 – 16:00

Plenary session S5

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:20

From Bologna to Belém: Giovanni Angelo Brunelli crosses the Atlantic

Thomás A. S. Haddad, EACH-USP, São Paulo, SP

16:20 – 18:20

Poster presentation


Cultural and entertainment programme

Cachaça tasting (cost depends on individual consumption)

Crossing territories: Dutch cartographic legacy in seventeenth century Brazil

Casa das Rosas

Marcos Galindo, UFPE, Recife, PE

Cristiana L. M. Couto, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Reconsidering the idea of quintessence through the analysis of Renaissance texts

10:00 – 11:30

Plenary session S6

Coffee break

11:30 – 11:45

Fumikazu Saito & Maria Helena Roxo Beltran, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Epistemic and ontological reality of the elements for Robert Boyle

11:45 – 13:15

Plenary session S7


13:15 – 14:30

Conleth Loonan, National Univ. of Ireland, Ireland

How to deny elements in chemistry turned sensible qualities into experimentally accessible entities in a corpuscularian paradigm

14:30 – 16:30

Plenary session S8

Coffee break

16:30 – 16:50

Kleber Cecon, UNESP, Marília, SP

S6: 10h00-11h30 – Crossing conceptual boundaries: from the quintessence to the early modern chemical element

16:50 – 18:50

Plenary session S9


Cultural and entertainment programme

Brazilian typical dinner (separate fee)

28/08, Thursday

Casa das Rosas

Distillation and the preparing of the vital balm in the work of Joseph Du Chesne

Lais dos Santos Pinto Trindade, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

S2: 11:45-13:15 – Crossroads: medicine, chemistry and classification of knowledge

The impact of Davy’s agricultural chemistry in North America

A late eighteenth-century English formula for scurvy: "Coxwell's Concrete Salt of Lemons"

12:10 – 13:10

Vera Cecilia Machline, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Science, colonialism and indigenous pharmaceuticals in colonial Bengal: An East - West endeavour

Malika Basu Ghosh,Vidyasagar University, West Bengal

13:15 – 13:45

Conference closing

Cultural programme


Analytical chemistry of Mexican plants at Instituto Médico Nacional

Patricia Aceves & Liliana Schifter, UAM - Xochimilco, México

S5: 14h00-16h00 – Crossing boundaries: plant remedies in different cultures

Brokering houses of the exotic: Unpacking global pharmacy 1650-1800

S1: 10:00-11:30 – Spreading across boundaries: dissemination of chemical knowledge

José Otavio Baldinato & Paulo Alves Porto, IQ-USP, São Paulo, SP

Popularising chemistry in early nineteenth-century: Samuel Parkes’s Chemical Catechism

Hasok Chang, Univ. of Cambridge, UK

The transmission of the battery in Europe and America

Frank James, Royal Institution/ UCL, UK

Carla Bromberg, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Musical knowledge in the history of Atalanta fugiens

Ana Maria Alfonso-Goldfarb, Márcia Ferraz & Sílvia Waisse, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Crossing over time: the place of chemistry in modern trees of knowledge

Floriano J. Cesar, USJT, São Paulo, SP

Hjalmar Fors, Uppsala University, Sweden

The chemistry of taste: science and gastronomy in 19th century cooking books

Jennifer M. Rampling, Princeton University, USA

What did alchemy learn from medicine? Disciplinary exchanges in late medieval Europe

S3: 14:30-16:30 – Conceptual foundations and ‘instruments’ to make knowledge available

Walter Carnielli, CLE, Campinas, SP

Contradiction in reasoning: an evil or a blessing?

Marcelo E. Coniglio, CLE, Campinas, SP

Paraconsistency and undeterminedness in information Systems

José Luiz Goldfarb, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Using Twitter to promote science and education: are we again facing the beginning of a “New Science”?

Eliseo B. Reategui, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, RS

Automatic concept extraction and its application to text analysis and comprehension

S4: 16:50-18:20 – Crossroads: sensing, translating and representing matter

Maria Helena Roxo Beltran, CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Alchemical images as documents for the history of science: analysing representations of the mercury/sulphur theory as provided in the treatise Splendor Solis










Casa das Rosas: Avenida Paulista, 37


CESIMA: Rua Caio Prado, 102, room 48, 3rd floor, Consolação


Museu da Língua Portuguesa (Portuguese Language Museum): Praça da Luz, s/nº, Centro

Plenary sessions


25/08, Monday, Casa das Rosas

27/08, Wednesday, Casa das Rosas

28/08, Thursday, Casa das Rosas

26/08, Tuesday, CESIMA

27/08, Wednesday

Allen Debus Lecture:

'Michael Faraday and the chemical history of a candle', Frank James, Royal Institution/ UCL, UK



Allen Debus Lecture:

'How workers learnt chemistry',

Robert Anderson, Univ. of Cambridge, UK



Visit to Natura (manufacturers of Brazilian native plant-based cosmetics), Cajamar, SP



Luiz Carlos Soares, HCTE-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro / PPGH-UFF, Niterói, RJ

Elaine Pereira de Souza, CAPES, Brasília/CESIMA, São Paulo, SP

Back to the origins of the modern scientific method: Pietro d’Abano and the relationship between medicine and other disciplines


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