Descartes and the Dutch: Botanical Experimentation in the Early Modern Period

@article{Baldassarri2020DescartesAT,
  title={Descartes and the Dutch: Botanical Experimentation in the Early Modern Period},
  author={F. Baldassarri},
  journal={Perspectives on Science},
  year={2020},
  volume={28},
  pages={657-683}
}
Early modern study of plants blossomed in a network of observation, exchanges, collaborations, and epistolary discussions. Following Baconian methodology, Dutch scholars combined the labor of listing and describing plants with botanical experimentation. This empirical approach was a suitable context for Descartes, who exchanged information and performed observations on plants in collaboration with Dutch experimenters. In this article, I focus on (1) the reception of a few botanical experiments… Expand

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