Strano, Giorgio, Johnston, Stephen, Miniati, Mara and Morrison-Low, A D, eds. (2009) European collections of scientific instruments, 1550-1750. History of science and medicine library, 10 . Koninklijke Brill , Leiden, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789004172708

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Abstract

Collections of scientific instruments originated as part of Renaissance collections of 'naturalia' and 'artificialia'. Surveying and astronomical instruments were common in such collections, their role being to impress visitors by displaying the power that a ruler acquired through the control of nature. This book offers selected studies of notable European collections of scientific instruments from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. These studies also present the work of important instrument makers of the time, and their relations with patrons and rulers. A final section focuses on the role of modern museums and collectors in saving this scientific heritage from dispersal. The result is a contemporary perspective on the formation of the most important museums of the history of science.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Dr Alison Morrison-Low is an editor of this book. Scientific Instruments and Collections: Studies under the auspices of the Scientific Instrument Commission, volume 1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: scientific apparatus and instruments Europe renaissance collections science
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Dora Petherbridge
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 11:16
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 15:43
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/156

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