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Wicked Intelligence: Visual Art and the Science of Experiment in Restoration London

Matthew C. Hunter

Abstract

This book offers an unprecedented exploration of the stunning visual strategies and stylized cognitive techniques deployed in the pursuit of knowledge by experimental philosophers associated with the Royal Society of London in the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth centuries. Organized around the nested actions of drawing, collecting and building ca. 1650-ca. 1720, it demonstrates how Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren and their collaborators synthesized sprawling domains of scientific visualization through a peculiar mode of intelligence—a ruthless cleverness embodied as much by the images an ... More

Keywords: Royal Society of London, Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren, visual art, experimental philosophy, drawing, collecting, architecture, painting, modeling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226017297
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226017327.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew C. Hunter, author