It has been the central concern of this book to interrogate the traditional but deeply problematical separation of the practices of science from the rest of culture. While the works examined are both literary and scientific in nature, it has been important to this study to demonstrate how these categories are themselves products of a highly successful series of disciplinary strategies dedicated to establishing the division between science and culture, or between science and literature, or between nature and art. The concluding chapter offers a brief review of the territory covered in the book. At the same time, invoking Michel Serres' notion of archaism and “crumpled time,” it maps out the very general outlines for future work in the field of early modern studies that might continue and extend the insights represented by the many critics working toward a new understanding of the early modern cultures of science.
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