The Eye Of The Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, And The Beginnings Of Modern Natural History

The Eye Of The Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, And The Beginnings Of Modern Natural History

The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History

Years ago, David Freedberg stumbled across a group of drawings by the little-known Academy of Linceans, a seventeenth-century Italian group that took as its task nothing less than the pictorial documentation of all of nature. Moving across Europe, he encountered thousands of such drawings—of fossils, the species of the New World, or the heavenly bodies studied by the group's most famous member, Galileo Galilei. Profusely illustrated and engagingly written, this book reveals this crucial moment in the development of natural history.

Review

"Freedberg's work put technologies of seeing and modes of representation at the heart of the history of science, taking the field in new and fruitful directions. The Eye of the Lynx is a visual as well as an intellectual treat, and every turn of the page makes it clear how seeing could lead to believing with the new science."
(Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches)

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Years ago, David Freedberg stumbled across a group of drawings by the little-known Academy of Linceans, a seventeenth-century Italian group that took as its task...

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