It has become evident that we have an increasingly adverse relationship with facts. The news consumers prefer opinions over facts and ideologies over science. Often it is the journalists and the scientists themselves who contribute to this distrust among the general public towards the truth.
A story recently reported by the British daily, The Guardian, is an example of a bad name some scholars give to their community.
A proposal to insert a statue of Elena Cornaro Piscopia – the first woman ever to earn a PhD – in Prato Della Valle in Padua, Italy, has been met with opposition, also from her alma mater, the University of Padua. Carlo Fumian, a history professor at that university, where Elena Piscopia was a mathematics lecturer, said that, as quoted by The Guardian, the “expensive and bizarre” idea was “a bit trendy, but culturally inconsistent”.
Elena Cornaro Piscopia received her doctorate degree in philosophy in 1678, but it was not her only accomplishment. Her academic resumé is mind-blowing even for today’s standards: she was a philosopher, a mathematician and a theologist; she studied physics and astronomy, spoke seven languages and was a talented musician and composer. Considering that her life ended at the age of thirty-eight, this seems even more remarkable.
The merit of being born a man
There is already a statue honouring Piscopia at the University o
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