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Measuring the new world : enlightenment science and South America

Author: Neil Safier
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
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Prior to 1735, South America was largely terra incognita to many Europeans. But that year, the Paris Academy of Sciences sent a joint French and Spanish mission to the Spanish American province of Quito (in present-day Ecuador) to study the curvature of the Earth at the Equator--an expedition that would put South America on the map and in the minds of Europeans for centuries to come. Equipped with quadrants and  Read more...
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Safier, Neil.
Measuring the new world.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
(DLC) 2008018142
(OCoLC)176979549
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Safier
ISBN: 9780226733562 0226733564 128196638X 9781281966384
OCLC Number: 309877290
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 387 pages, 20 pages of plates) : illustrations, maps (some color)
Contents: The ruined pyramids of Yaruquí --
An enlightened Amazon, with fables and a fold-out map --
Armchair explorers --
Correcting Quito --
A nation defamed and defended --
Incas in the king's garden --
The golden monkey and the monkey-worm.
Responsibility: Neil Safier.

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Prior to 1735, South America was largely terra incognita to many Europeans. But that year, the Paris Academy of Sciences sent a joint French and Spanish mission to the Spanish American province of Quito (in present-day Ecuador) to study the curvature of the Earth at the Equator--an expedition that would put South America on the map and in the minds of Europeans for centuries to come. 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 ins.

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