Dr. Alberto Bardi

Areas of specialization:

History of Astronomy, Philosophy of Science, Christian-Muslims-Jews Relationships

Areas of competence:

History of Science, Medieval and Byzantine Studies, Renaissance Studies, Greek and Latin Philology, Paleography, and Codicology


Alberto Bardi’s research project, Philosophy and History of Cross-Cultural Encounters between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Byzantine Astronomy, at the Polonsky Academy of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (2019 – present) explores the cross-cultural exchanges of scientific ideas and materials between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Eastern Roman Empire and neighbor civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Middle-Ages and early Renaissance. The contacts between Eastern Christians (Byzantines) and Western Christian, Muslim, and Jewish scholars led to the production of numerous astronomical works, including tables, handbooks, comparisons and translations. This field remains little explored, and there is still much to be assessed in its complexity and consequences for politics, philosophy, and theology. A survey of a wide variety of texts is therefore necessary to assess almost nearly a millennium of scientific exchanges between Christians, Muslims, and Jews from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries. This is precisely the span and subject of his project.

Alberto Bardi (Ph.D. LMU Munich, 2017) is a Byzantinist, an historian of science, and a philologist. Among his academic appointments, he has been a fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2017) and at the Harvard University research institute Dumbarton Oaks (2018-2019).


Mathematics and Cultures across the Chessboard: The Wheat and Chessboard Problem. In B. Sriraman (ed.) Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and the Sciences (Springer, 2019: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70658-0_82-1)

Persian Astronomy in Byzantium: A Contribution to Byzantine Studies and the History of Science (Ars Una Verlag, in print). (in German)

Islamic Astronomy in Fifteenth-Century Christian Environments: Cardinal Bessarion and his Library. Journal of Islamic Studies 30.3 (2019): 338–366.

The Paradosis of the Persian Tables, A Source on Astronomy between the Ilkhanate and the Eastern Roman Empire. Journal for the History of Astronomy 49.2 (2018): 239–260.

Cardinal Bessarion Learning Astronomy from John Chortasmenos. Byzantinische Zeitschrift 111.1 (2018): 1–38.  (in Italian)