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Manuscript collections created by way of the members and associations who have been chargeable for the medical revolution provide worthwhile facts of the highbrow aspirations and dealing practices of the relevant protagonists. This quantity is the 1st to discover such information, targeting the ways that principles have been formulated, saved and disseminated, and beginning up knowing of the method of highbrow switch. It analyses the features and heritage of the records of such top intellectuals as Robert Boyle, Galileo Galilei, G.W. Leibniz, Isaac Newton and William Petty; additionally thought of are the recent clinical associations based on the time, the Royal Society and the Académie des Sciences. In every one case, major broader findings emerge in regards to the nature and function of such holdings; an introductory essay discusses the translation and exploitation of archives.MICHAEL HUNTERis Professor of historical past at Birkbeck university, college of London. participants: MICHAEL HUNTER, MASSIMO BUCCIANTINI, MARK GREENGRASS, ROBERT A. HATCH, FRANCES HARRIS, JOELLA YODER, DOMENICO BERTOLONI MELI, ROB ILIFFE, JAMES G. O'HARA, MORDECHAI FEINGOLD, CHRISTIANE DEMEULENAERE-DOUYRE, DAVID reliable

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So it is under headings such as ‘Pensa’ or ‘Critica libromm’ that Hartlib records his (or other people’s) views of particular works or experiments, or records the judgments of others whom he respects. Far from being uncritical, Hartlib could be severe, especially on works which proclaimed more than they delivered. Of Descartes, he could say: ‘Hee also is too much bragging. For hee promises more in his general dicourse [the Discourse on Method] than he dose [leg: does] p e r f o r m e . H e was particularly incensed by any crudely mechanical or circus-like demonstration of the hand of God in nature.

P o n> c D ossier (Geneva, 1913), pp. 25-6. 3 F ^,XC Sr> c (U u o " "S - ® ■« ■SS a, S g5 co p So ^ ^ »-i ^ e Ru 2 i uI-. l-H U 3 2 X. •£P b 2 g 12 Libri’s manuscript thefts included entire volumes as well as individual manuscripts and letters, and were nuanced by forgery, falsification, and defacing manuscripts. Exposed by Delisle, Libri was fond o f the manuscripts o f Boulliau, Dupuy, the family Godefroy, Racine, Rubens, Peiresc, and particularly Hevelius. Here alone, 78 o f 110 letters exchanged between Hevelius and Boulliau were stolen.

G. Graevius, Copenhagen Det Kongelige Bibliotek, MS Thott 1259; various letters to Oldenburg, London, British Library and Royal Society Library; a volume o f letters to Dupuy was found in Boulliau’s 58 Robert A. Hatch Between Erudition and Science Reconstructing the Archive and correspondence network of Boulliau has in­ volved identifying extant manuscripts and following the ‘logic of the letter’. Having prepared an inventory of the Collection Boulliau and a chronological calendar of his complete correspondence, a fair picture of Boulliau’s original archive has emerged.

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