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The Singular and the Making of Knowledge at the Royal Society of London in the Eighteenth Century

  title={The Singular and the Making of Knowledge at the Royal Society of London in the Eighteenth Century},
  author={Palmira Fontes da Costa},
The central subject of this book is the status of singular experiences in the making of natural knowledge at the Royal Society of London in the eighteenth century. It makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the importance of the reporting and display of extraordinary phenomena at the Royal Society in this period, and shows that the success of these practices was largely based on their multiple roles within the Society, where singular experiences not only promoted natural… 
Enlightenment and the Republic of Letters at the Dublin Medico-Philosophical Society, 1756-1784
The Dublin Medico-Philosophical Society was established by John Rutty, Charles Smith and others in 1756. It was a small, self-funded and self-selecting learned society, which met on a bi-monthly
Constructing Imperial Spaces: Habsburg Cartography in the Age of Enlightenment
In the second half of the eighteenth century, military engineers working for the Austrian Habsburg monarchs mapped in detail for the first time the provinces and borders of their empire. Despite this
A ‘monster with human visage’: The orangutan, savagery, and the borders of humanity in the global Enlightenment
To what extent did the debate on the orangutan contribute to the global Enlightenment? This article focuses on the first 150 years of the introduction, dissection, and public exposition of the
Two Poles in the Career of Charles Nicholas Jenty.
This thesis addresses two specific moments in the professional career of the French surgeon and anatomist Charles Nicholas Jenty (?-at least 1777) whose biography includes long residencies in both
The Lost Liquid Cosmogony of Johannes Daniel Schlichting (1705–1765)
The focus of this paper is a fascinating but hitherto unstudied 1742 manuscript treatise by Johannes Daniel Schlichting (1705–1765) titled “Sapientiæ Problema” that contains something extremely rare
Deconstructing Glass and Building up Shards at the Early Royal Society
  • R. Ezra
  • History
    Renaissance Quarterly
  • 2022
In 1662, the physician Christopher Merret presented his fellow members of the Royal Society with an English translation of Antonio Neri's “L'arte vetraria” (The art of glass, 1612). Central to the
Questions of Genre: Picturing the Hermaphrodite in Eighteenth-Century France and England
The hermaphrodite posed a series of problems for Enlightenment philosophes and physicians, who, when confronted with the evidence of an ambiguously sexed body, were unable to say with any certainty
The Conjoined Twin Sisters Helen and Judith (1701–1723) and Their Pictorial Impact in Later 18th-Century Science
A closer scrutiny of the introduction of the Hungarian conjoined twin sisters Helen and Judith into the scientific literature of the later 18th century is presented by analyzing depictions of the twins from 1707 onwards.
Varieties of Untranslatability Exploring a potential system of classification for the discussion of untranslatability in literary texts
It is suggested that the endophyte strains that are isolated from wild populations of Irish plants could provide the basis for the development of a commercially-viable biotechnological means of reducing chemical crop inputs, and a project is currently working on such a project with industry partners.


On the English Enlightenment, see Porter (1981) and Gascoigne
  • 1991
The Monstrous, focuses mainly on the monstrous in literature. Steintrager (1997) and Francus (1997) focus on moral monstrosity
  • The special issue of the Durham French Colloquies
  • 1987