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Giovan Battista Della Porta and Francis Bacon on the Creative Power of Experimentation (2020)


This special issue brings to the attention of the scholarly community some of the common features and some of the subtle, but important, differences between Francis Bacon's and Giovan Battista Della Porta's ways of dealing with the reading, selecting, enacting, and recording of recipes. Focusing on questions of genre, intellectual and material context, strategies of research, and strategies of performing recipes, the four papers of this special issue address two major issues. First, they shed new light on the relationship between Della Porta's Magia naturalis and Francis Bacon's Sylva sylvarum. Second, they show that in the recording of their experimental practices, Bacon and Della Porta depart from the traditional “recipe format” and discover new avenues of experimental research.

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Authors & Contributors
Jalobeanu, Dana
Pastorino, Cesare
Rusu, Doina-Cristina
Borrelli, Arianna
Capecchi, Danilo
Clucas, Stephen
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Perspectives on Science
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Columbia University
Oregon State University Press
Experiments and experimentation
Experimental method
Natural philosophy
Formulas; recipes
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Della Porta, Giovan Battista
Bodin, Jean
Galilei, Galileo
Bacon, Francis
Boyle, Robert
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
15th century
Royal Society of London

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