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Matters of exchange : commerce, medicine, and science in the Dutch Golden Age /
Harold J. Cook.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007.
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xiv, 562 p.
ISBN
0300117965 (clothbound : alk. paper), 9780300117967 (clothbound : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007.
isbn
0300117965 (clothbound : alk. paper)
9780300117967 (clothbound : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6107480
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 473-535) and index.
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"Cook challenges existing interpretations of the rise of science during the early modern period and provides an immensely informative overview of science and medicine in the Dutch Golden Age."--Mark Harrison, University of Oxford
"Cook challenges existing interpretations of the rise of science during the early modern period and provides an immensely informative overview of science and medicine in the Dutch Golden Age."�Mark Harrison, University of Oxford
"Cook challenges existing interpretations of the rise of science during the early modern period and provides an immensely informative overview of science and medicine in the Dutch Golden Age."Mark Harrison, University of Oxford
"Effective and important...An excellent coverage of key features of the Dutch Golden Age."--Steven Paul Matthews, Journal of World History
"Effective and important...An excellent coverage of key features of the Dutch Golden Age."--Steven Paul Matthews,Journal of World History
"Ever since the seventeenth century, the startling Dutch achievement in arts and economy has obsessed foreign observers: how to explain and learn from this seemingly miraculous rise to world power of a small nation lacking any obvious natural resources? In this powerfully argued and carefully organised new book, Hal Cook makes the Dutch Golden Age somewhat less miraculous but much more fascinating. By charting the networks and values embodied in what he calls its information economy, Cook guides us along the remarkable paths of trade and intelligence which dominated Dutch society''s successes and ambitions. Busy merchants and ambitious scholars scoured their expansive world for new goods, new facts and thus new opportunities for trade and commerce. The results were visible in the shops, libraries, gardens and colleges of the new Republic. Their orientation towards reliable information, mobile credit and solid commodities affected not only global trade but also world-wide knowledge systems. With lucid detail and appealing illustration, Cook introduces key figures in the Dutch information economy: pharmacists and botanists, anatomists and mariners. Familiar protagonists of the new sciences of early modern Europe, including Rene Descartes and Hermann Boerhaave, are here properly put back into the milieux that mattered to their schemes for human welfare and the improvement of knowledge. The book''s stage is set wide, from the Dutch bases in east Asia, southern Africa and the Americas to the wharves, theatres and markets of the great Netherlands cities. By insisting with such authority on the mutual relationship between global commerce and worldly knowledge, Cook opens a quite newperspective on the roots of the modern system of science and capital."--Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge
"Ever since the seventeenth century, the startling Dutch achievement in arts and economy has obsessed foreign observers: how to explain and learn from this seemingly miraculous rise to world power of a small nation lacking any obvious natural resources? In this powerfully argued and carefully organised new book, Hal Cook makes the Dutch Golden Age somewhat less miraculous but much more fascinating. By charting the networks and values embodied in what he calls its information economy, Cook guides us along the remarkable paths of trade and intelligence which dominated Dutch society''s successes and ambitions. Busy merchants and ambitious scholars scoured their expansive world for new goods, new facts and thus new opportunities for trade and commerce. The results were visible in the shops, libraries, gardens and colleges of the new Republic. Their orientation towards reliable information, mobile credit and solid commodities affected not only global trade but also world-wide knowledge systems. With lucid detail and appealing illustration, Cook introduces key figures in the Dutch information economy: pharmacists and botanists, anatomists and mariners. Familiar protagonists of the new sciences of early modern Europe, including Rene Descartes and Hermann Boerhaave, are here properly put back into the milieux that mattered to their schemes for human welfare and the improvement of knowledge. The book''s stage is set wide, from the Dutch bases in east Asia, southern Africa and the Americas to the wharves, theatres and markets of the great Netherlands cities. By insisting with such authority on the mutual relationship between global commerce and worldly knowledge, Cook opens a quite new perspective on the roots of the modern system of science and capital."Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge
"In this ground-breaking book, Professor Cook investigates the way in which the unprecedented growth in global knowledge in the Netherlands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries accompanied, and reflected the rapid expansion of the Dutch global commercial empire. Meticulously tracking the relations between these two areas of activity, Cook argues vividly and convincingly that in the case of medicine, commerce and the rise of a recognisable modern practice went hand in hand, and that, in general, across Europe, a new global economy marked the beginnings of science as we know it. A book of real importance for all cultural historians and historians of science of the early modern period."--Lisa Jardine, Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, and Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London [You are welcome to edit my text]
"In this ground-breaking book, Professor Cook investigates the way in which the unprecedented growth in global knowledge in the Netherlands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries accompanied, and reflected the rapid expansion of the Dutch global commercial empire. Meticulously tracking the relations between these two areas of activity, Cook argues vividly and convincingly that in the case of medicine, commerce and the rise of a recognisable modern practice went hand in hand, and that, in general, across Europe, a new global economy marked the beginnings of science as we know it. A book of real importance for all cultural historians and historians of science of the early modern period."Lisa Jardine, Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, and Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London [You are welcome to edit my text]
"Matters of Exchangeis a magisterial book linking science and commerce. From now on, ''the Scientific Revolution'' has a Dutch accent."Mary E. Fissell, Johns Hopkins University
" Matters of Exchangeis a magisterial book linking science and commerce. From now on, ''the Scientific Revolution'' has a Dutch accent."Mary E. Fissell, Johns Hopkins University
"Matters of Exchange is a magisterial book linking science and commerce. From now on, 'the Scientific Revolution' has a Dutch accent."�Mary E. Fissell, Johns Hopkins University
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Summaries
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Cook presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce, not religion, inspired the rise of science in the 16th and 17th centuries. He scrutinises historical documents relating to the study of medicine and natural history in the Netherlands, Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and Asia during this era.
Main Description
In this wide-ranging and stimulating book, a leading authority on the history of medicine and science presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce--not religion--inspired the rise of science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Harold J. Cook scrutinizes a wealth of historical documents relating to the study of medicine and natural history in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and Asia during this era, and his conclusions are fresh and exciting. He uncovers direct links between the rise of trade and commerce in the Dutch Empire and the flourishing of scientific investigation. Cook argues that engaging in commerce changed the thinking of Dutch citizens, leading to a new emphasis on such values as objectivity, accumulation, and description. The preference for accurate information that accompanied the rise of commerce also laid the groundwork for the rise of science globally, wherever the Dutch engaged in trade. Medicine and natural history were fundamental aspects of this new science, as reflected in the development of gardens for both pleasure and botanical study, anatomical theaters, curiosity cabinets, and richly illustrated books about nature. Sweeping in scope and original in its insights, this book revises previous understandings of the history of science and ideas.
Main Description
In this wide-ranging and stimulating book, a leading authority on the history of medicine and science presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce; not religion; inspired the rise of science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Harold J. Cook scrutinizes a wealth of historical documents relating to the study of medicine and natural history in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and Asia during this era, and his conclusions are fresh and exciting. He uncovers direct links between the rise of trade and commerce in the Dutch Empire and the flourishing of scientific investigation. Cook argues that engaging in commerce changed the thinking of Dutch citizens, leading to a new emphasis on such values as objectivity, accumulation, and description. The preference for accurate information that accompanied the rise of commerce also laid the groundwork for the rise of science globally, wherever the Dutch engaged in trade. Medicine and natural history were fundamental aspects of this new science, as reflected in the development of gardens for both pleasure and botanical study, anatomical theaters, curiosity cabinets, and richly illustrated books about nature. Sweeping in scope and original in its insights, this book revises previous understandings of the history of science and ideas.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Worldly Goods and the Transformations of Objectivityp. 1
An Information Economyp. 42
Reformations Tempered: In Pursuit of Natural Factsp. 82
Commerce and Medicine in Amsterdamp. 133
Truths and Untruths from the Indiesp. 175
Medicine and Materialism: Descartes in the Republicp. 226
Industry and Analysisp. 267
Gardens of the Indies Transportedp. 304
Translating What Works: The Medicine of East Asiap. 339
The Refusal to Speculate: Sticking to Simple Thingsp. 378
Conclusions and Comparisonsp. 410
Notesp. 417
Bibliographyp. 473
Indexp. 537
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