Transmitting Knowledge: Words, Images, and Instruments in Early Modern Europe (Oxford-Warburg Studies)

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Based on new research, a distinguished international team studies the forms in which scientific knowledge was transmitted in the late medieval and early modern period, the ways they interacted, and the people to whom the knowledge was directed. Among the famous authors whose work is examined here are Fuchs, Vesalius, Tycho Brahe, and Descartes.

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Ian Maclean is a graduate of Oxford, where he also did his doctorate; he was for twenty-four years a Fellow and Praelector in French at Queen's College Oxford, and Lecturer then Reader in Modern Languages in the University of Oxford. He became a titular professor in Renaissance Studies in the University, before moving to All Souls as a Senior Research Fellow in History in 1996. He has held visiting fellowships in Australia, USA, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Germany. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Chevalier des arts et des lettres (France), and a member of the Academia Europaea.

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This collection of essays is a strong contribution to the growing literature integrating the history of science with the history of the book. Together, these essays show what is possible when historians take seriously the idea that early modern knowledge was embedded in material, social, cultural and economic contexts, and can only be fully understood in terms of the ways in which it was embodied in words, images and instruments. * Elizabeth Yale Metascience *

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