By Michael Hunter
Manuscript collections created through the participants and associations who have been chargeable for the medical revolution provide worthwhile proof of the highbrow aspirations and dealing practices of the important protagonists. This quantity is the 1st to discover such records, targeting the ways that principles have been formulated, saved and disseminated, and establishing up figuring out of the method of highbrow switch. It analyses the features and heritage of the information of such prime intellectuals as Robert Boyle, Galileo Galilei, G.W. Leibniz, Isaac Newton and William Petty; additionally thought of are the hot clinical associations based on the time, the Royal Society and the Académie des Sciences. In each one case, major broader findings emerge about the nature and position of such holdings; an introductory essay discusses the translation and exploitation of archives.MICHAEL HUNTERis Professor of background at Birkbeck collage, college of London. members: MICHAEL HUNTER, MASSIMO BUCCIANTINI, MARK GREENGRASS, ROBERT A. HATCH, FRANCES HARRIS, JOELLA YODER, DOMENICO BERTOLONI MELI, ROB ILIFFE, JAMES G. O'HARA, MORDECHAI FEINGOLD, CHRISTIANE DEMEULENAERE-DOUYRE, DAVID solid
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Extra resources for Archives of the Scientific Revolution: The Formation and Exchange of Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Europe
A volume at the British Library, ‘Ismaelis Bullialdi adversaria literaria’, 248 folios (MS Add, 16912). bears a printed seal, dated 1692, o f Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630-1721), Bishop o f Avranches and longtime friend of Boulliau: ‘Ex libris Bibliothecae quam Illus=/ trissimus Ecclesiae Princips. / PETRUS DANIEL HUETIUS/ Episc. Abrincensis Domui Professae/ Paris. PP. Soc. Jesu Integra[ ] vivens donavit/An. 1692’. The volume is described as ‘Recueil/ d’un grand/ nombre/ d’anciennes/ Pieces/ en Giec, Latin/ Franqais &c/ M S’ and was ‘Purchased o f Tho.
De Vergennes le 26 Janvier 1777’. Archives du Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres, [Acquisition Registre] 1661-1806 [1777, folio no. 244]. 1 wish to thank the conservateur du Patrimoine, Isal^lle Nathan, for supplying the text o f this Registre. 68 Robert A. Hatch The answer is that Pacius was a major correspondent of Peiresc. The fragment therefore has two sides. On the face of it, Boulliau’s note - combined with the fragment - brings closure to longstanding speculation. It can no longer be doubted that Boulliau was in possession of at least a portion of the autograph letters sent to Peiresc - indeed, Boulliau supplies a terminal date of the acquisition (1667).
Robert A. Hatch, ‘The Collection Boulliau: A Quantitative and Comparative Study with the Conespondence o f Mersenne and Oldenburg’, History o f Science Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, 1980 (unpublished). This paper was motivated in part by the claim that Boulliau ‘rivaled Mersenne as a correspondent’ (Carl Boyer, ‘Boulliau’, Dictionary of Scientific Biography, ed. C. Gillispie (16 vols.. New York, 1970-80), ii, 348-9, on p. 349 col. 1). ^ The importance o f systematic calendaring cannot be overstated; see Morris L.
Archives of the Scientific Revolution: The Formation and Exchange of Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Europe by Michael Hunter