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

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Overview

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 HUNTER is 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851155531
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/7/1998
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Celebration and Conservation: the Galilean Collection of the National Library of Florence 21
3 Archive Refractions: Hartlib's Papers and the Workings of an Intelligencer 35
4 Between Erudition and Science: the Archive and Correspondence Network of Ismael Bouillau 49
5 Ireland as a Laboratory: the Archive of Sir William Petty 73
6 The Archives of Christiaan Huygens and his Editors 91
7 The Archive and Consulti of Marcello Malpighi: Some Preliminary Reflections 109
8 Mapping the Mind of Robert Boyle: the Evidence of the Boyle Papers 121
9 A 'connected system'? The Snare of a Beautiful Hand and the Unity of Newton's Archive 137
10 'A chaos of jottings that I do not have the leisure to arrange and mark with headings': Leibniz's Manuscript Papers and their Repository 159
11 Of Records and Grandeur: the Archive of the Royal Society 171
12 Image versus Reality: the Archives of the French Academie des Sciences 185
Index 209
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