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‘Most rare workmen’: optical practitioners in early seventeenth-century Delft
Abstract A special interest in optics among various seventeenth-century painters living in the Dutch city of Delft has intrigued historians, including art historians, for a long time. Equally, theExpand
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The ‘true inventor’ of the telescope. A survey of 400 years of debate.
Who invented the telescope? From the very moment the telescope emerged as a useful tool for extending man’s vision, this seemingly simple question led to a bewildering array of answers. The epigramExpand
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An eighteenth-century medical-meteorological society in the Netherlands: an investigation of early organization, instrumentation and quantification. Part 1.
  • H. Zuidervaart
  • History, Medicine
  • British journal for the history of science
  • 1 December 2005
In many areas of the eighteenth century was a starting point for the quantification of science. It was a period in which the mania for collecting led to the first attempts in systematization andExpand
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Antony van Leeuwenhoek's microscopes and other scientific instruments: new information from the Delft archives
SUMMARY This paper discusses the scientific instruments made and used by the microscopist Antony van Leeuwenhoek (1632–1723). The immediate cause of our study was the discovery of an overlookedExpand
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Reflecting ‘Popular Culture’: The Introduction, Diffusion, and Construction of the Reflecting Telescope in the Netherlands
The eighteenth century was an era in which science came to play a major role in the cultural ideal of the city elite. The phenomenon of the ‘gentleman-scientist’ arose: a layman without a scientificExpand
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“A Bare Outpost of Learned European Culture on the Edge of the Jungles of Java”
The transits of Venus in 1761 and 1769 appear to mark the starting point of instrumental science in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). This essay examines the conditions that triggered andExpand
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The origins of the telescope
The origins of the telescope have been debated since the instrument’s appearance in the Hague in 1608. Civic and national pride has led local dignitaries, popular writers, and scholars to presentExpand
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