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Author Dym, Warren Alexander.

Title Divining science : treasure hunting and earth science in early modern Germany / by Warren Alexander Dym
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (216 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies in central European histories ; v. 52
Studies in Central European histories ; v. 52
Contents Divining Science; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Glossary of Mining and Metallurgical Terms; Introduction; 1. White Gold on Spitzberg Hill; 2. Magic, Witchcraft, and the Nature of the Rod; 3. Mining Science: Vernacular Knowledge; 4. True Stories of Freiberg Dowsers; 5. The Murderous Matter: Dowsing and New Science; 6. The Electric Rod: Dowsing and the Freiberg Mining Academy; Conclusion; Selected Bibliography; Index of Subjects, Names, and Places
Summary The patronage of dowsers by mining administrations through the eighteenth century challenges common assumptions about the Enlightenment. Rather than decline in importance like alchemy and astrology, dowsing transformed from a study of mineral vapors into an experimental branch of geophysics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-212) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Dowsing -- Germany -- Saxony -- History -- 18th century.
Geochemical prospecting -- Germany -- Saxony -- History -- 18th century.
Geophysics -- Germany -- Saxony -- History -- 18th century.
Metallurgy -- Germany -- Saxony -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9004188711 (electronic bk.)
9789004188716 (electronic bk.)