Archives of the Scientific Revolution: The Formation and Exchange of Ideas in Seventeenth-century Europe

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Michael Cyril William Hunter
Boydell & Brewer, Jan 1, 1998 - Science - 216 pages
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Manuscript collections created by the individuals and institutions who were responsible for the scientific revolution offer valuable evidence of the intellectual aspirations and working practices of the principal protagonists. This volume is the first to explore such archives, focusing on the ways in which ideas were formulated, stored and disseminated, and opening up understanding of the process of intellectual change. It analyses the characteristics and history of the archives of such leading intellectuals as Robert Boyle, Galileo Galilei, G.W. Leibniz, Isaac Newton and William Petty; also considered are the new scientific institutions founded at the time, the Royal Society and the Académie des Sciences. In each case, significant broader findings emerge concerning the nature and role of such holdings; an introductory essay discusses the interpretation and exploitation of archives.MICHAEL HUNTERis Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. Contributors: MICHAEL HUNTER, MASSIMO BUCCIANTINI, MARK GREENGRASS, ROBERT A. HATCH, FRANCES HARRIS, JOELLA YODER, DOMENICO BERTOLONI MELI, ROB ILIFFE, JAMES G. O'HARA, MORDECHAI FEINGOLD, CHRISTIANE DEMEULENAERE-DOUYRE, DAVID STURDY
  

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Contents

the Galilean Collection of the
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Hartlibs Papers and the Workings of an
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the Archive and
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the Archive of Sir William Petty
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The Archives of Christiaan Huygens and his Editors
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Some
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A connected system? The Snare of a Beautiful Hand and the
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A chaos of jottings that I do not have the leisure to arrange and
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the Archive of the Royal Society
171
the Archives of the French Academie des
185
Index
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