• Multa curiosa. Vallisneri's Early Studies on Earth Sciences

    Author(s):
    Francesco Luzzini (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Environmental Humanities, GeoHumanities, Historiography, Science Studies and the History of Science
    Subject(s):
    History of science, 17th century, 18th century, History of medicine
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Field Research, Earth Sciences History, Geology and medicine
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M61G08
    Abstract:
    In 1687, after he graduated in Medicine, young Antonio Vallisneri (1661-1730) returned in the Duchy of Modena and Reggio. In those years he mainly served as general practitioner; nevertheless, he also devoted many studies to various aspects of the natural sciences. He performed many observations, accurately reporting them in seven "Quaderni" written between 1694 and 1701. Though the Earth sciences occupy only a small part of these diaries, the accuracy of the notes makes them a precious token of the scientifijic praxis adopted by the author in this field of study. This paper deals with the analysis of these early geological reports, pointing out the main criteria of Vallisneri’s experimental method and paying attention to the great signifijicance which these documents had in the elaboration of some of his published works.
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