Thomas Browne and His World

Dr. Jessica Wolfe of the Department of English and Comparative Literature recently organized a conference at The Huntington, January 22nd and 23rd, on "Truth and Error in Early Modern Science: Thomas Browne and His World." As Dr. Wolfe notes, "Thomas Browne (1605–82) produced a diverse body of writings that reveal a cornucopian range of interests at once scientific and religious: burial practices and mortality (Urn-Burial), the geometrical patterning of nature (Garden of Cyrus), and the perpetuation of errors and falsehoods across various disciplines (Pseudodoxia Epidemica, or Vulgar Errors). Browne’s interests were not singular to him but emerged out of conversations with some of the most influential natural philosophers of his era—such as Bacon, Descartes, Boyle, and Hooke—as well as conversations with his many correspondents and figures from the medieval and classical past." You can read more about the conference here: