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History of the Royal Society
  • Author : Thomas Sprat
  • Publisher : Kessinger Publishing
  • Release Date : 1667
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN Code: 9780766128675

Summary: For improving the natural knowledge; containing the history of the institution, design and progress of the Royal Society of London for the advancement of experimental philosophy; experiments of the recoiling of guns; method for making a history of the weather; a proposal for making wine; an apparatus to the history of the common practices of dying; and many more interesting topics.

The History of the Royal Society of London, for the Improving of Natural Knowledge. by Tho. Sprat, ... the Third Edition Corrected
  • Author : Thomas Sprat
  • Publisher : Gale Ecco, Print Editions
  • Release Date : 2018-04-17
  • Category:
  • Pages : 466
  • ISBN Code: 9781379373278

Summary: The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars. Medical theory and practice of the 1700s developed rapidly, as is evidenced by the extensive collection, which includes descriptions of diseases, their conditions, and treatments. Books on science and technology, agriculture, military technology, natural philosophy, even cookbooks, are all contained here. ++++ The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ British Library T131281 With an initial imprimatur leaf. Titlepage in red and black. London: printed for Samuel Chapman, 1722. [16],438p.: ill.; 4°

  • Author : David Cressy
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2013-01-10
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 0191611867

Summary: This is the story of saltpeter, the vital but mysterious substance craved by governments from the Tudors to the Victorians as an 'inestimable treasure.' National security depended on control of this organic material - that had both mystical and mineral properties. Derived from soil enriched with dung and urine, it provided the heart or 'mother' of gunpowder, without which no musket or cannon could be fired. Its acquisition involved alchemical knowledge, exotic technology, intrusions into people's lives, and eventual dominance of the world's oceans. The quest for saltpeter caused widespread 'vexation' in Tudor and Stuart England, as crown agents dug in homes and barns and even churches. Governments hungry for it purchased supplies from overseas merchants, transferred skills from foreign experts, and extended patronage to ingenious schemers, while the hated 'saltpetermen' intruded on private ground. Eventually, huge saltpeter imports from India relieved this social pressure, and by the eighteenth century positioned Britain as a global imperial power; the governments of revolutionary America and ancien régime France, on the other hand, were forced to find alternative sources of this treasured substance. In the end, it was only with the development of chemical explosives in the late Victorian period that dependency on saltpeter finally declined. Saltpeter, the Mother of Gunpowder tells this fascinating story for the first time. Lively and entertaining in its own right, it is also a tale with far-reaching implications. As David Cressy's engaging narrative makes clear, the story of saltpeter is vital not only in explaining the inter-connected military, scientific, and political 'revolutions' of the seventeenth century; it also played a key role in the formation of the centralized British nation state - and that state's subsequent dominance of the waves in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Scientists as Prophets
  • Author : Lynda Walsh
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • Release Date : 2013-08-01
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 0199857091

Summary: In Scientists as Prophets, Lynda Walsh argues that our science advisors manufacture certainty for us in the face of the unknown. Through a series of cases reaching from the Delphic oracle to seventeenth-century London to Climategate, Walsh elucidates many of the problems with our current science-advising system.

Semiotics: The Basics
  • Author : Daniel Chandler
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2007-05-07
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN Code: 1134324766

Summary: This updated second edition provides a clear and concise introduction to the key concepts of semiotics in accessible and jargon-free language. With a revised introduction and glossary, extended index and suggestions for further reading, this new edition provides an increased number of examples including computer and mobile phone technology, television commercials and the web. Demystifying what is a complex, highly interdisciplinary field, key questions covered include: What is a sign? Which codes do we take for granted? How can semiotics be used in textual analysis? What is a text? A highly useful, must-have resource, Semiotics: The Basics is the ideal introductory text for those studying this growing area.

Between Land and Sea
  • Author : Christopher L. Pastore
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-10-13
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN Code: 0674745469

Summary: Christopher Pastore traces how Narragansett Bay’s ecology shaped the contours of European habitation, trade, and resource use, and how littoral settlers in turn, over two centuries, transformed a marshy fractal of water and earth into a clearly defined coastline, which proved less able to absorb the blows of human initiative and natural variation.

Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America
  • Author : Peter S. Onuf,Nicholas P. Cole
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 2011-10-19
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN Code: 0813931827

Summary: Thomas Jefferson read Latin and Greek authors throughout his life and wrote movingly about his love of the ancient texts, which he thought should be at the core of America's curriculum. Yet at the same time, Jefferson warned his countrymen not to look to the ancient world for modern lessons and deplored many of the ways his peers used classical authors to address contemporary questions. As a result, the contribution of the ancient world to the thought of America's most classically educated Founding Father remains difficult to assess. This volume brings together historians of political thought with classicists and historians of art and culture to find new approaches to the difficult questions raised by America's classical heritage. The essays explore the classical contribution to different aspects of Jefferson’s thought and taste, as well as examining the significance of the ancient world to America in a broader historical context. The diverse interests and methodologies of the contributors suggest new ways of approaching one of the most prominent and contested of the traditions that helped create America's revolutionary republicanism. Contributors:Gordon S. Wood, Brown University * Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia * Michael P. Zuckert, University of Notre Dame * Caroline Winterer, Stanford University * Richard Guy Wilson, University of Virginia * Maurie D. McInnis, University of Virginia * Nicholas P. Cole, University of Oxford * Peter Thompson, University of Oxford * Eran Shalev, Haifa University * Paul A. Rahe, Hillsdale College * Jennifer T. Roberts, City University of New York, Graduate Center * Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, University of Virginia

The Art of Natural History
  • Author : Therese Omalley,Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (Washington, D.C.). Symposium
  • Publisher : Ngw-Stud Hist Art
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 279
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: "The emergence of natural science in the early modern period has been linked to the history of books, but this relationship is generally discussed in terms of texts. In contrast, the eleven essays in this volume consider the role of images and their relationship to text in the production and transmission of knowledge."--P. [4] of cover.

The Royal Society
  • Author : Royal Society (Great Britain)
  • Publisher : London : Royal Society
  • Release Date : 1960
  • Category: London (England)
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: The Royal Society is the oldest scientific society now in existence, having found its first patron in King Charles II . The Society was founded in 1660 by a select group of progressive men determined to found a body for the investigation and encouragement of experimental science and study. This book examines that founding and those founders.

The Memory Arts in Renaissance England
  • Author : William E. Engel,Rory Loughnane,Grant Williams
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-07-28
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN Code: 1107086817

Summary: This volume is the first critical anthology of contemporary writings and illustrations about memory in Renaissance England, featuring over seventy texts and over twenty illustrations. It is a valuable resource for students of the memory arts, Renaissance literature, the history of ideas, book history, and art history.

Scientific Societies in the United States
  • Author : Ralph Samuel Bates
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1958
  • Category: Learned institutions and societies
  • Pages : 297
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Looks at scientific societies in the United States such as the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian Institute, and others including municipal societies for their pursuits of many scientific branches from anthropology to zoology.