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Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science / Richard Yeo.

Author/Creator:
Yeo, Richard author.
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (384 pages) : 17 halftones
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science, Richard Yeo interprets a relatively unexplored set of primary archival sources: the notes and notebooks of some of the leading figures of the Scientific Revolution. Notebooks were important to several key members of the Royal Society of London, including Robert Boyle, John Evelyn, Robert Hooke, John Locke, and others, who drew on Renaissance humanist techniques of excerpting from texts to build storehouses of proverbs, maxims, "ations, and other material in personal notebooks, or commonplace books. Yeo shows that these men appreciated the value of their own notes both as powerful tools for personal recollection, and, following Francis Bacon, as a system of precise record keeping from which they could retrieve large quantities of detailed information for collaboration. The virtuosi of the seventeenth century were also able to reach beyond Bacon and the humanists, drawing inspiration from the ancient Hippocratic medical tradition and its emphasis on the gradual accumulation of information over time. By reflecting on the interaction of memory, notebooks, and other records, Yeo argues, the English virtuosi shaped an ethos of long-term empirical scientific inquiry.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Editorial Notes
Preface
1. Introduction
2. Capacious Memory and Copious Notebooks
3. Information and Empirical Sensibility
4. Taking Notes in Samuel Hartlib's Circle
5. Rival Memories: John Beale and Robert Boyle on Empirical Information
6. Robert Boyle's Loose Notes
7. John Locke, Master Note- taker
8. Collective Note- taking and Robert Hooke's Dynamic Archive
9. Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Manuscript Sources
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 22. Okt 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780226106731
OCLC:
870272430
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226106731 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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