Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

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Kindle Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture A lot of this book might be familiar to you if you've read Daston and Park's Wonders and the Order of Nature or Shapin and Schaffer's Leviathan and the Air-Pump, but Eamon puts it all together to create a more coherent narrative between the two works, to which he repeatedly returns. I also liked the scope of his book, looking at natural philosophers, but also at court culture and common people as sources and consumers of knowledge.. Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture are Books By explaining how to sire multicolored horses, produce nuts without shells, and create an egg the size of a human head, Giambattista Della Porta s Natural Magic 1559 conveys a fascination with tricks and illusions that makes it a work difficult for historians of science to take seriously Yet, according to William Eamon, it is in the how to books written by medieval alBy explaining how to sire multicolored horses, produce nuts without shells, and create an egg the size of a human head, Giambattista Della Porta s Natural Magic 1559 conveys a fascination with tricks and illusions that makes it a work difficult for historians of science to take seriously Yet, according to William Eamon, it is in the how to books written by medieval alchemists, magicians, and artisans that modern science has its roots These compilations of recipes on everything from parlor tricks through medical remedies to wool dyeing fascinated medieval intellectuals because they promised access to esoteric secrets of nature In closely examining this rich but little known source of literature, Eamon reveals that printing technology and popular culture had as great, if not stronger, an impact on early modern science as did the traditional academic disciplines.By explaining how to sire multicolored horses, produce nuts without shells, and create an egg the size of a human head, Giambattista Della Porta s Natural Magic 1559 conveys a fascination with tricks and illusions that makes it a work difficult for historians of science to take seriously Yet, according to William Eamon, it is in the how to books written by medieval alchemists, magicians, and artisans that modern science has its roots These compilations of recipes on everything from parlor tricks through medical remedies to wool dyeing fascinated medieval intellectuals because they promised access to esoteric secrets of nature In closely examining this rich but little known source of literature, Eamon reveals that printing technology and popular culture had as great, if not stronger, an impact on early modernscience as did the traditional academic disciplines.. I am Regents Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College at New Mexico State University, where I have taught history of science and European history for almost 30 years I m a specialist in the history of science and medicine in Renaissance Italy and Spain, and most of what I write is about the origins of modern science I have written and edited 3 books and than 50 articles, essays, and book chapters My book, Science and the Secrets of Nature Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was the winner of the History Book Award from the American Publishers Association That book introduced the scholarly world to the books of secrets tradition and has received a lot of attention and commentary among historians of science and early modern culture My most recent book, The Professor of Secrets Mystery, Medicine and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy, will be published in July 2010 I am currently writing a book about science and everyday life in early modern Europe and have just begun a new book project on discovery and the origins of science.. A viral Book Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture Haven't read this yet but Preston thought it may be relevant to your work. You might also look at:Tebeaux, Elizabeth. "Books of Secrets - Authors and Their Perception of Audience in Procedure Writing of the English Renaissance." Issues in Writing 3 (1990): 41-67.and perhaps this dissertation, though not sure if this one is quite what you're after....Stine, Jennifer. "Opening Closets: The Discovery of Household Medicine in Early Modern England." PhD Thesis, Stanford, 1996.

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  1. I am Regents Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College at New Mexico State University, where I have taught history of science and European history for almost 30 years I m a specialist in the history of science and medicine in Renaissance Italy and Spain, and most of what I write is about the origins of modern science I have written and edited 3 books and than 50 articles, essays, and book chapters My book, Science and the Secrets of Nature Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was the winner of the History Book Award from the American Publishers Association That book introduced the scholarly world to the books of secrets tradition and has received a lot of attention and commentary among historians of science and early modern culture My most recent book, The Professor of Secrets Mystery, Medicine and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy, will be published in July 2010 I am currently writing a book about science and everyday life in early modern Europe and have just begun a new book project on discovery and the origins of science.

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  1. Haven t read this yet but Preston thought it may be relevant to your work You might also look at Tebeaux, Elizabeth Books of Secrets Authors and Their Perception of Audience in Procedure Writing of the English Renaissance Issues in Writing 3 1990 41 67d perhaps this dissertation, though not sure if this one is quite what you re after.Stine, Jennifer Opening Closets The Discovery of Household Medicine in Early Modern England PhD Thesis, Stanford, 1996.


  2. A lot of this book might be familiar to you if you ve read Daston and Park s Wonders and the Order of Nature or Shapin and Schaffer s Leviathan and the Air Pump, but Eamon puts it all together to create a coherent narrative between the two works, to which he repeatedly returns I also liked the scope of his book, looking at natural philosophers, but also at court culture and common people as sources and consumers of knowledge.




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