Scientific manuscript from 17th-century Britain testifies to Italian influences
A largely unknown fact is that in the mid-17th century, writer and scholar Adam King drafted the foundational text for instruction in the subjects of natural philosophy, astronomy and mathematics. The Edinburgh native’s recently discovered manuscript was the centre of Britain’s Enlightenment culture. The EU-funded ENNSE project will study how scientific knowledge from the Venetian Republic and Rome was exported to Britain in the 17th century. To that end, it will present a detailed intellectual study that will trace the genealogy of mechanical observational astronomy, Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy and proto-empirical scientific methods contained in the Edinburgh manuscript (and the student dictates and theses spread over 50 years that quote it verbatim) back to their Italian sources.
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