Tristo è lo discepolo che non avanza il suo maestro (“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master”)
– Leonardo da Vinci, ca 1493
“Was this still history? I would say so […] but labels are of little importance.”
– Carlo Ginzburg, 2007
The book that you have just started reading is perhaps best described as the outcome of an experiment in practical epistemology. Like most other experiments in the long history of scientific inquiry, it started out as little more than a hunch.