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About MethodExperimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically$
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Jutta Schickore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226449982

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450049.001.0001

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“A matter so obscure, so difficult, and likewise so new …”

“A matter so obscure, so difficult, and likewise so new …”

(p.1) Introduction “A matter so obscure, so difficult, and likewise so new …”
About Method

Jutta Schickore

University of Chicago Press

Toward the end of his two-volume Treatise on the Venom of the Viper, published in 1781, the Tuscan naturalist Felice Fontana declared: “I have made more than 6000 experiments; I have had more than 4000 animals bit; I have employed upwards of 3000 vipers and may have been deceived; some essential circumstance may have escaped me: I may have neglected some other, not thinking it necessary; my consequences may have been too general, my experiments too few in number. In a word, I may very easily have been mistaken, and it would be almost impossible that I should never have been so in a matter so difficult, so obscure, and likewise so new.”...

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