ePistolarium: Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th-century Dutch Republic

TitleePistolarium: Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th-century Dutch Republic
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of PublicationN/A
Abstract

The scientific revolution of the 17th century was driven by countless discoveries in the observatory, at sea, in the workshop, in society at large and in the library. There was a dramatic increase in the amount of information, giving rise to new knowledge, theories and world views. But how did the 17th-century scientific information system actually work? How were new elements of knowledge picked up, processed, disseminated and – ultimately – accepted in broad circles of the educated community? In short: how did knowledge circulate?The Dutch Republic played a key role in this “information society” avant la lettre. Its global trade network, prosperity and relative tolerance made the Republic a refuge for intellectuals from around Europe. Not only did the book trade in the territory of the Republic account for more than half of Europe’s production of scientific works, but the Republic was also the cradle of the modern scientific journal. The basis of this information system lay in the correspondence between intellectuals.

URLhttp://ckcc.huygens.knaw.nl/epistolarium/

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