Book ID: CBB001451841

Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science (2014)


Yeo, Richard R. (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: xviii + 398 pp.; ill.
Language: English

In Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science, Richard Yeo interprets a relatively unexplored set of primary archival sources: the notes and notebooks of some of the leading figures of the Scientific Revolution. Notebooks were important to several key members of the Royal Society of London, including Robert Boyle, John Evelyn, Robert Hooke, John Locke, and others, who drew on Renaissance humanist techniques of excerpting from texts to build storehouses of proverbs, maxims, quotations, and other material in personal notebooks, or commonplace books. Yeo shows that these men appreciated the value of their own notes both as powerful tools for personal recollection, and, following Francis Bacon, as a system of precise record keeping from which they could retrieve large quantities of detailed information for collaboration. The virtuosi of the seventeenth century were also able to reach beyond Bacon and the humanists, drawing inspiration from the ancient Hippocratic medical tradition and its emphasis on the gradual accumulation of information over time. By reflecting on the interaction of memory, notebooks, and other records, Yeo argues, the English virtuosi shaped an ethos of long-term empirical scientific inquiry. Introduction -- Capacious memory and copious notebooks -- Information and empirical sensibility -- Taking notes in Samuel Hartlib's circle -- Rival memories: John Beale and Robert Boyle on empirical information -- Robert Boyle's loose notes -- John Locke, master note-taker -- Collective note-taking and Robert Hooke's dynamic archive -- Conclusion. Science -- England -- History. Scientists -- England. Science -- history. Naturwissenschaftler. Notizbuch. Named Person: Hartlib, Samuel, -1662. Beale, John, 1603-1683? Boyle, Robert, 1627-1691. Locke, John, 1632-1704. Hooke, Robert, 1635-1703.

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Authors & Contributors
Yeo, Richard R.
Raylor, Timothy
Leslie, Michael
MacIntosh, J. J.
McRae, Andrew
Fowler, Alastair
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Intellectual History Review
Historical Journal
Leicester University Press
University of Chicago Press
Ashgate Publishing
University of Indiana
Cornell University Press
Laboratory notebooks
Methodology of science; scientific method
Experiments and experimentation
Natural philosophy
Matter theory
Boyle, Robert
Hooke, Robert
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Hartlib, Samuel
Locke, John
Beale, John
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
16th century
18th century
British Isles
Great Britain
Royal Society of London

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