(Nederlands) Verslag: boekpresentatie “Computerpioniers. Het begin van het computertijdperk in Nederland” (Abel Streefland)

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[Book] Klaas van Berkel: Isaac Beeckman on Matter and Motion. Mechanical Philosophy in the Making

The contribution of the Dutch craftsman and scholar Isaac Beeckman to early modern scientific thought has never been properly acknowledged. Surprisingly free from the constraints of traditional natural philosophy, he developed a view of the world in which everything, from the motion of the heavens to musical harmonies, is explained by reducing it to matter in motion. His ideas deeply influenced Descartes and Gassendi. Klaas van Berkel has succeeded in unearthing and explicating Beeckman’s scientific notebooks, allowing us to follow how he developed his new philosophy, almost day by day. Read more…

[Book] Between Rhetoric and Reality – Instrumental Practices at the Astronomical Observatory of the Amsterdam Society ‘Felix Meritis’, 1786-1889

Felix Meritis, the remarkable ‘Temple of Enlightenment’, adorns the Amsterdam canals since 1788. The building accommodated the most ambitious attempt in the Netherlands for the integration of activi- ties regarding literature, music, the visual arts, commerce, and the sciences. What so far went unnoticed is that, from the very start, Felix Meritis was also equipped with an astronomical and meteorological observatory. In fact, it was the first scientific observatory in the Netherlands designed from the drawing board. Read more…

New book: Correspondence Van Nierop as third volume in the series ‘Tools and Sources for the History of Science in the Netherlands’

The correspondence of Dirck Rembrantsz van Nierop (1610-1682), edited by Marlise Rijks, is the third volume in the series ‘Tools and Sources for the History of Science’. Read more…