This chapter provides an overview of the rise of early modern thinking about facts and images, starting in the seventeenth century in Europe. Figures under discussion include Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Robert Hooke, Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and Linnaeus among others, and the chapter also provides analyses of new systems of knowledge, museums, and the British Royal Society.
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