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New worlds, ancient texts : the power of tradition and the shock of discovery

Author: Anthony Grafton; April Shelford; Nancy G Siraisi
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.
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On encountering what he called "the Indies," the Jesuit Jose de Acosta wrote, "Having read what poets and philosophers write of the Torrid Zone, I persuaded myself that when I came to the Equator, I would not be able to endure the violent heat, but it turned out otherwise ... What could I do then but laugh at Aristotle's Meteorology and his philosophy?" Acosta's experience echoes that of his fellow travelers to the  Read more...
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Grafton, Anthony.
New worlds, ancient texts.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)609333359
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Grafton; April Shelford; Nancy G Siraisi
ISBN: 0674618750 9780674618756 0674618769 9780674618763
OCLC Number: 25712175
Description: x, 282 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Timothy Healy --
1. A Bound World: The Scholar's Cosmos --
2. Navigators and Conquerors: The Universe of the Practical Man --
3. All Coherence Gone --
4. Drugs and Diseases: New World Biology and Old World Learning --
5. A New World of Learning.
Responsibility: Anthony Grafton with April Shelford and Nancy Siraisi.

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Charts the experiences of travellers to the New World and their effect on Western culture. Grafton shows how the evidence of the New World shook the foundations of the old, upsetting the authority of  Read more...

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