These selected studies on sixteenth and eighteenth centuries European collections of scientific instruments, which were part of the princely a ~wunderkammerna (TM), delineate an up-to-date-panorama about the formation of the most important museums of the history of science.
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Giorgio Strano, Ph.D. (2003) in History of Science, University of Florence, is Curator of the Collections at the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence. He has published extensively on the history of astronomy, including Galileo's Telescope (2008). Stephen Johnston, Ph.D. (1994) in History of Science, University of Cambridge, is Assistant Keeper at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford. His publications focus on instruments and practical mathematics from the sixteenth to the ninetheenth centuries. Mara Miniati, Curator emeritus at the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence, has authored more than one hundred publications. In March 1993, she was awarded the Paul Bunge Prize, an international award for historians of scientific instruments. Alison Morrison-Low, D. Phil (2000) in Economic History with Physics, University of York, Principal Curator of Science at National Museums Scotland since 1980. Her recent publications explore the English instrument trade, for which she won the 2008 Paul Bunge Prize.
List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Presentation, Paolo Brenni Introduction, Giorgio Strano 1. The Mathematical Instruments of Wenzel Jamnitzer (1508-1585), Sven Hauschke 2. Christoph Schissler: The Elector's Dealer, Peter Plassmeyer 3. Some Lesser-Known Dresden Instrument Makers of the Seventeenth Century, Klaus Schillinger 4. The Waywisers of Elector August of Saxony and their New Use in the Survey of Saxon Postal Roads, Wolfram Dolz 5. Optical Objects in the Dresden Kunstkammer: Lucas Brunn and the Courtly Display of Knowledge, Sven Dupre and Michael Korey 6. "The First European Observatory of the Sixteenth Century, as Founded by Landgrave Wilhelm IV of Hessen-Kassel": A Serious Historiographic Category or a Misleading Marketing Device?, Karsten Gaulke 7. Philip II's Escorial and its Collection of Scientific Instruments, Koenraad Van Cleempoel 8. The Medici Collection of Mathematical Instruments: History and Museography, Filippo Camerota 9. Scientific Instruments and the Legacy of Johannes Broscius, Professor of the Krakow Academy, Ewa Wyka 10. Scientifica of the Petersburg Kunstkamera as the Instruments for the Introduction of New European Knowledge in Russia, Tatiana M. Moisseeva 12. The Central European Instruments 1500-1800 in the Collections of the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory Greenwich: A Study in the History of Collecting, Gloria Clifton 13. The Collecting Taste: Italian Case-Studies between the Nineteeth and TwentiethCenturies, Mara Miniati Index
"[...] e un ampio spettro di realta [della rete scientifica e tecnologica europea] e di temi quello che risulta documentato nel volume, arricchito da un apparato di illustrazioni e di foto."
- Dino Carpanetto, Gesnerus nr. 1, vol. 68 (2011), 117-118
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