Article ID: CBB000019365

Descartes and the French artisan Jean Ferrier (1982)


Description “Soon after settling in the Netherlands in 1627, Descartes invited Jean Ferrier, an artisan whom he had met in Paris, to join him and help him construct hyperbolic lenses for the improved version of the telescope he had designed. Ferrier never made the trip but the letters he exchanged with Descartes and frequent references to him in Descartes' correspondence shed light on Descartes' personality and on his attitude to the practical implementation of scientific theories.”

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Authors & Contributors
Baldassarri, Fabrizio
Bertoloni Meli, Domenico
Carter, Richard B.
Caruana, Louis
Hyslop, Scott J.
Kolesnik-Antoine, Delphine
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology
Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
History of Education
Indiana University
Classiques Garnier
Johns Hopkins University Press
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Natural philosophy
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Descartes, René
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Galilei, Galileo
Huygens, Christiaan
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Beeckman, Isaac
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
16th century
20th century
Utrecht (Netherlands)
Universiteit Utrecht

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