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Sir Thomas Gresham and Gresham College [electronic resource] : studies in the intellectual history of London in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries /
edited by Francis Ames-Lewis.
Aldershot, Hampshire ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, c1999.
xxi, 234 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1840146419 (acid-free paper)
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Aldershot, Hampshire ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, c1999.
1840146419 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Reference & Research Book News, November 1999
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The first set of papers in this collection consider Gresham's career, the second set examine Gresham College's academic activities and the third set consider how Gresham professors contributed to the likes of geometry and astronomy.
Long Description
In March 1997 the Society for Renaissance Studies and Gresham College together organised a conference to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Gresham College's foundation. The papers delivered at that conference and assembled in this book examine why Gresham College was established, and how its purposes and activities dovetailed with the socio-cultural life of Elizabethan and Stuart London. The first group of papers considers the social and mercantile career of Sir Thomas Gresham within the commercial centre of Elizabethan London; why he wished to establish Gresham College; and what functions he may have intended it to serve. The second group sets the academic activities of the College and its professors within the broader context of contemporary intellectual life. Papers in this group consider in what ways early Gresham professors contributed in particular to developments in the more practical disciplines such as geometry and astronomy.
Table of Contents
Francis Ames-Lewis
Reconstructing London: Sir Thomas Gresham and Bishopsgate
Sir Thomas and the 'House of Gresham': activities of a mercer-merchant adventurer
Citizen and mercer: Sir Thomas Gresham and the social and political world of the city of London
Failed transmission: Sir Thomas Gresham, reproduction, and the background to Gresham's professorship of physic
Early insurance in and around the Royal Exchange
Sculpture at the Royal Exchange in the seventeenth century
Civic rhetoric, 1560-1640
Plato in the Tudor academies
Testimonia humanitatis: the early lectures of Henry Savile
'No small force': natural philosophy and mathematics in Thomas Gresham's London
Gresham College and London practitioners: the nature of the English mathematical community
Christopher Wren's Greshamite history of astronomy and geometry
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