Book ID: CBB001551471

Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits, and Deceptions in Early Modern Science (2014)


Beretta, Marco (Editor)
Conforti, Maria (Editor)

Science History Publications

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: xv + 280 pp.; ill.
Language: English

This volume of ten essays presents a multifaceted exploration of the subject of fakes, forgeries, and frauds in premodern science, and it is the outcome of the Second Watson Seminar in the History of Material and Visual Science, held in June 2013 at the Museo Galileo in Florence. Cleverly titled, its combination exclamation/question mark evokes surprise and uncertainty, practically radiating a tone of incredulity. The stated aim of the editors is to examine a myriad of fakes on their own merit---that is, without the imposition of an overarching theme---in order to generate “surprises and new ways to look at this complex and fascinating question” (p. vi). Accordingly, each contribution in this rich and varied collection of essays re-explores textual, visual, and material primary sources to illuminate historical instances of ideas or things that were manipulated to form fictitious fabrications. The resulting volume indeed raises interesting questions about received notions of such stuff.

Reviewed By

Review Paolo Savoia (2015) Review of "Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits, and Deceptions in Early Modern Science". Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 421-424). unapi

Review Robert G. W. Anderson (2016) Review of "Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits, and Deceptions in Early Modern Science". Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (pp. 273-274). unapi

Review Bilak, Donna (2015) Review of "Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits, and Deceptions in Early Modern Science". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 434-435). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Eckart, Wolfgang U.
Roberts, Lissa Louise
Broecke, Steven Vanden
Buklijas, Tatjana
Fressoz, Jean-Baptiste
Gordin, Michael D.
History of Science
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Intellectual History Review
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Science History Publications
Deceptions; hoaxes; frauds
Scientific misconduct; fraud in science
Science and society
Controversies and disputes
Science and politics
Dee, John
Boerhaave, Herman
Camden, William
Descartes, René
Dunikowski, Zbigniew
Harrison, John William Heslop
Time Periods
Early modern
16th century
20th century, early
17th century
18th century
Great Britain
Vienna (Austria)

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