Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science by Richard Yeo

By Richard Yeo

In Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early sleek Science, Richard Yeo translates a comparatively unexplored set of basic archival assets: the notes and notebooks of a few of the major figures of the medical Revolution. Notebooks have been very important to a number of key participants of the Royal Society of London, together with Robert Boyle, John Evelyn, Robert Hooke, John Locke, and others, who drew on Renaissance humanist suggestions of excerpting from texts to construct storehouses of proverbs, maxims, quotations, and different fabric in own notebooks, or normal books. Yeo indicates that those males preferred the worth in their personal notes either as strong instruments for private recollection, and, following Francis Bacon, as a approach of detailed checklist conserving from which they can retrieve huge amounts of distinctive info for collaboration.


The virtuosi of the 17th century have been additionally capable of succeed in past Bacon and the humanists, drawing notion from the traditional Hippocratic scientific culture and its emphasis at the slow accumulation of knowledge over the years. through reflecting at the interplay of reminiscence, notebooks, and different documents, Yeo argues, the English virtuosi formed an ethos of long term empirical clinical inquiry.

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