"Robert Hooke's Prosthetic Gods" - Lynn Festa
Sponsored by the Transatlantic Enlightenment Seminar
Tasked with the fabrication of instruments in his capacity as curator of experiments for the Royal Society, Robert Hooke was insatiable in his quest for prosthetically-acquired superpowers able to extend the body’s capacities beyond its organic bounds. Focusing on Hooke’s dazzling compendium of observations of the microscopic world, the 1665 Micrographia, Professor Lynn Festa's lecture, “Robert Hooke’s Prosthetic Gods,” addresses the way the instrumental enhancement of the senses, by blurring the threshold between person and thing, transformed Hooke’s understanding of the human.
Thursday, March 7 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm
McClung Tower and Plaza, 1210
1115 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996