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Inside the Kunstkammer: The Circulation of Optical Knowledge and Instruments at the Dresden Court
Abstract The Kunstkammer of the Electors of Saxony, founded in Dresden around 1560, housed one of the richest collections of tools and scientific instruments in its day. A close analysis of theExpand
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Silent messengers : the circulation of material objects of knowledge in the early modern low countries
This book speaks about a world of mute objects ranging from plant bulbs, divining rods, and archeological findings to drawn, painted, or printed images. It describes the functions of these objects asExpand
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Trading Luxury Glass, Picturing Collections and Consuming Objects of Knowledge in Early Seventeenth‐Century Antwerp
In this assessment of the intersection of trade, picturing collections and knowledge‐making in Early Modern Antwerp, the focus is on the role of luxury glass, mirror and lens technology and 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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The Mindful Hand: Inquiry and Invention from the Late Renaissance to Early Industrialization
cultivation and study of plants), and there are rewards in that union for the reader as well as for the writer. The Poet as Botanist also does in a very real sense what so many scholars in the earlyExpand
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The History of Knowledge and the Future of Knowledge Societies
The new field of the history of knowledge is often presented as a mere expansion of the history of science. We argue that it has a greater ambition. The re‐definition of the historiographical domainExpand
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Translating knowledge in the early modern low countries
Knowledge of nature may be common to all of humanity, yet it is written in many tongues. The story of the Tower of Babel is not only an etiology of the multitude of languages, it also suggests that aExpand
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Inside the Camera Obscura: Kepler's Experiment and Theory of Optical Imagery
In his Paralipomena (1604) Johannes Kepler reported an experimentum that he had seen in the Dresden Kunstkammer. In one of the rooms there, which had been turned in its entirety into a cameraExpand
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