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Rethinking the History of Deep Time

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Yale Spotlight on Science Series

Bringing discovery from Yale to China, hosted by Yale Center Beijing.

The Yale Spotlight on Science Series will bring outstanding science faculty from Yale University to China to present their latest research, and engage with audiences on related topics of interest. Please join us to explore the latest breakthroughs in scientific frontiers, and what relevance they hold for the future!

Event Time

October 27, 2022 | Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
October 27, 2022 | Thursday
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)

Participation Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

On October 27, Ivano Dal Prete, Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine program at Yale University, will be joining online to discuss his recent monograph On the Edge of Eternity. In this book, Ivano Dal Prete overturns the received history of deep time in the Western civilization. Against the common assumption of the eighteenth-century discovery of the antiquity of the Earth, Dal Prete shows that its old age was widely and freely discussed in medieval and early modern Europe, including in didactic works intended for a large audience. The current narrative is the product of Enlightenment political and cultural agendas, that created the myth of a Christian tradition uniformly opposed to the idea of an ancient world.

The Speaker


Ivano Dal Prete
Senior Lecturer, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University

Ivano Dal Prete is Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine program at Yale University. He has taught and conducted research at the University of Minnesota, Columbia University, Harvard/Villa I Tatti (Florence), the Huntington Library (Pasadena), and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America (Columbia University). He has worked and published extensively on the social and cultural history of early modern astronomy, Earth sciences, scientific networks, and science and religion.

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