Thomas Browne and the Writing of Early Modern Science

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 17, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 250 pages
Claire Preston argues that Thomas Browne's work can be fully understood only within the range of disciplines and practices associated with natural philosophy and early modern empiricism. Early modern methods of cataloguing, collecting, experimentation and observation, drove his writing on many subjects from medicine and botany to archaeology and antiquarianism. In this illuminating study, Preston examines how the developing essay form, the discourse of scientific experiment, and above all Bacon's model of intellectual progress and cooperation determined the un ique character of his contributions to early modern literature, science and philosophy.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Brownes civility
10
Religio Medici the junior endeavour
42
The civil monument Pseudodoxia Epidemica and investigative culture
82
The laureate of the grave UrneBuriall and the failure of memory
123
The jocund cabinet and the melancholy museum a brief excursion into Brownean comedy
155
The epitome of the earth The Garden of Cyrus and verdancy
175
The fruits of natural knowledge the fugitive writings and a conclusion
211
Bibliography
223
Index
242
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Claire Preston is Fellow and Lecturer in English, Sidney Sussex College, and Newton Trust Lecturer, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.

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