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The Poetics of Scientific Investigation in Seventeenth-Century England

Claire Preston


The writing of science in the period 1580–1700 is artfully, diffidently, carelessly, boldly, and self-consciously literary. The Poetics of Scientific Investigation considers the literary textures of early-modern science writing—its rhetorical figures, neologisms, generic adaptations. The experimental and social practices of science are examined through literary representations of the laboratory, of collaborative retirement, of utopian and georgic scientific schemes, of virtual, epistolary conversation, and of an imagined paradise of investigative fellowship and learning. The rhetorical, generi ... More

Keywords: Boyle, Browne, Evelyn, laboratory, natural philosophy, Oldenburg, retirement, republic of letters, rhetoric of science, science and literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704805
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Preston, author
Professor of Renaissance Literature, Queen Mary University of London