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Materials and Expertise in Early Modern Europe: Between Market and Laboratory

Ursula Klein Klein and E. C. Spary


It is often assumed that natural philosophy was the forerunner of early modern natural sciences. But where did these sciences' systematic observation and experimentation get their starts? In this book, the laboratories, workshops, and marketplaces emerge as arenas where hands-on experience united with higher learning. In an age when chemistry, mineralogy, geology, and botany intersected with mining, metallurgy, pharmacy, and gardening, materials were objects that crossed disciplines. Here, the contributors tell the stories of metals, clay, gunpowder, pigments, and foods, and thereby demonstrat ... More

Keywords: early modern Europe, natural sciences, laboratories, workshops, marketplaces, technical experts, consumer market, experimental sciences, materials, knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226439686
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226439709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ursula Klein Klein, editor

E. C. Spary, editor

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