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Henry Oldenburg : shaping the Royal Society

Author: Marie Boas Hall
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The career of Henry Oldenburg illuminates the development of the Royal Society during the late seventeenth century. Born in 1619 in Bremen, Germany, Oldenburg first came to England as a diplomat on a mission to see Oliver Cromwell. He remained in England and in 1662 became the Secretary of the Royal Society, and its best known member of the time. He founded and edited the Philosophical Transactions, the world's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Named Person: Henry Oldenburg; Henry Oldenburg; Henry Oldenburg; Henry Oldenburg; Henry Oldenburg
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marie Boas Hall
ISBN: 0198510535 9780198510536
OCLC Number: 47915668
Description: xii, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I: THE RISE TO PROMINENCE ; 1. The slow development of a diplomat 1619-1654 ; 2. Learning the art of scientific correspondence 1655-1661 ; 3. Towards a settled life 1660-1665 ; 4. The difficult years 1665-1667 ; II: THE CORRESPONDENCE: METHOD AND CONTENT ; 5. The promoter of philosophical intelligence 1665-1670 ; 6. Scientific diplomacy 1669-1677 (1) Newton's ambassador ; 7. Scientific diplomacy 1669-1677 (2) Huygens, mathematics, mechanics, and horology ; 8. The encouragement of talent 1667-1677 ; 9. From friends to enemies: Hooke and Oldenburg 1662-1677 ; 10. Colleagues, friends, and family: the last decade ; 11. Aftermath ; Appendix: The fate of Oldenburg's children (with the assistance of P.D. Buchanan ; Abbreviated titles ; Notes ; Bibliography
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