“With a sincere hand and a faithful eye”: The Visual Culture of Early Modern Science

Oct. 3, 2019

Sachiko Kusukawa, professor of the history of science at the University of Cambridge, explores the many ways images served early modern science, from anatomical atlases and botanical illustrations to telescopic and microscopic observations.

 

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