The Books and the Exhibit
In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.
Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part Harry Potter series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter's world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.
The exhibit, "Harry Potter's World: renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine" will be on display at the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library from October 24th through November 29th 2012. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
15th and 16th Century Scientists
For information on these early scientists, go to: http://www.louisville.libguides.com/content.php?pid=307565&sid=2518399