About the Making and Knowing Project

Click here to learn more about what we are doing at Columbia U. to create a digital critical edition of a 16th-c. book of secrets.

Laboratory Seminars

Reconstruction of the materials and techniques described in the manuscript is being carried out in a laboratory at Columbia University, led by Prof. Pamela Smith.

Text Workshops

Marc Smith, Ecole des chartes, Paris, is leading paleography workshops at Columbia University for revising and refining the transcription and translation of the manuscript.

Photos from our Lab

See images of reconstructions from our first year of work in the lab. Click the image to link to our photo repository.

The Power of Failure - Making and Knowing on WHYY (NPR)

Maiken Scott (WHYY) paid a visit to the Making and Knowing Laboratory. Click the image for the podcast.
Text Workshops

Text Workshops

TEXT WORKSHOPS: Students gain paleography skills in middle French script and textual analysis by transcribing, translating, and encoding the manuscript.
Lab Seminars

Lab Seminars

LAB SEMINARS: Students pair laboratory reconstructions with contextual research to gain insight into historical techniques and materials.
Working Groups

Working Groups

WORKING GROUPS: Experts from across the globe meet every year to provide critical oversight of the project research.
Digital

Digital

DIGITAL: Creating an open-source, multimedia digital critical edition and experimenting with DH pedagogy and advanced visualization.