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Author Jorink, Eric.

Title Reading the book of nature in the Dutch golden age, 1575-1715 / by Eric Jorink ; translated by Peter Mason
Published Leiden, the Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 472 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Brill's studies in intellectual history ; v. 191
Brill's studies in intellectual history ; v. 191
Contents The interpretation of the book of nature down to around 1600 -- Comets : the debate on the 'wonders of the heavens' -- Insects : 'the wonders of God in the humblest creatures' -- Collections of curiosities : "a book in which God has gloriously described himself' -- Books of wonders : from rarity to regularity -- The book of nature : from axiom to metaphor
Summary Traditionally, Dutch scientific culture of the Golden Age is regarded as rational, pragmatic, and utilitarian. The role of Christiaan Huygens, Johannes Swammerdam and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in the so called Scientific Revolution was recognised long ago, as was the fact that the revolutionary philosophy of René Descartes made its first impact in the Netherlands. This book challenges the traditional picture. First, it shows how nature was regarded as a second book of God, next to the Bible. For many, contemplating, investigating, representing and collecting natural objects was a religious activity. Secondly, this book demonstrates that the deconstruction of the old picture of nature was partly caused by the pioneering exegetical research conducted in the Dutch Republic, more specifically, the emergence of radical biblical criticism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from the Dutch
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Subject Natural history -- History -- 17th century.
Natural history -- Netherlands -- History.
Philosophy of nature -- Netherlands -- History -- 17th century.
Religion and science -- Netherlands -- History -- 17th century.
Science -- Netherlands -- History -- 17th century.
Natural History -- history.
Religion and Science.
Science -- history.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010036890
ISBN 1283119684
9004191208 (electronic bk.)
9789004191204 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Boeck der Natuere. English