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Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science

Richard Yeo


This book explores the note-taking practices of English virtuosi and their contribution to the ethos of early modern science. By interpreting the extensive notes and papers of Samuel Hartlib, John Evelyn, Robert Boyle, John Locke, and Robert Hooke it shows how, in spite of occasional anti-bookish rhetoric, they emulated Renaissance practices of excerpting from texts to build storehouses of material in personal notebooks (usually commonplace books). It argues that they adjusted this humanist method in response to Francis Bacon's call for the compilation of natural histories as a basis for scien ... More

Keywords: empirical information, note-taking, memory, recollection, commonplace book, Royal Society, Robert Boyle, John Locke, Robert Hooke, Francis Bacon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226106564
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226106731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Yeo, author