Padova’s University and the XVI Century Scientific Revolution

“Although it is difficult to narrow the honour of being the heart of the scientific revolution down to a single place, this honour should be given to Padua”.

In the apt words of Sciences’ historian Herbert Butterfield, the History of Sciences in general and of Medicine in particular owes a lot to Padua and its great Athenaeum.

The University of Padua – also thanks to the freedom of research and thought guaranteed by the Serenissima Republic – was the cradle of that Scientific Revolution which changed the face of knowledge in the Western world. During the Renaissance, it was here that Astronomy and Physics were revolutionized. It was here that modern Medicine was born.