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Measuring the New World: Enlightenment Science and South America

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Prior to 1735, South America was terra incognita to many Europeans. But that year, the Paris Academy of Sciences sent a mission to the Spanish American province of Quito (in present-day Ecuador) to study the curvature of the earth at the Equator. Equipped with quadrants and telescopes, the mission’s participants referred to the transfer of scientific knowledge from Europe to the Andes as a “sacred fire” passing mysteriously through European astronomical instruments to observers in South America.
By taking an innovative interdisciplinary look at the traces of this expedition, Measuring the New World examines the transatlantic flow of knowledge from West to East. Through ephemeral monuments and geographical maps, this book explores how the social and cultural worlds of South America contributed to the production of European scientific knowledge during the Enlightenment. Neil Safier uses the notebooks of traveling philosophers, as well as specimens from the expedition, to place this particular scientific endeavor in the larger context of early modern print culture and the emerging intellectual category of scientist as author. 

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Neil Safier is associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia.

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Preface: The Ascent of Francesurcu

 

Introduction: New Worlds to Measure and Mime

1 The Ruined Pyramids of Yaruquí

2 An Enlightened Amazon, with Fables and a Fold-Out Map

3 Armchair Explorers

4 Correcting Quito

5 A Nation Defamed and Defended

6 Incas in the Kings Garden

7 The Golden Monkey and the Monkey-Worm

Conclusion: Cartographers, Concubines, and Fugitive Slaves

 

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226733555
Author:
Safier, Neil
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
South America - Historical geography
Subject:
Amazon River Region
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 color plates, 59 halftones
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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