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Wicked Intelligence
Author: Matthew C. Hunter

ISBN: 9780226017297
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1 August 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.8
Description:
In late seventeenth-century London, the most provocative images were produced not by artists, but by scientists. Magnified fly-eyes drawn with the aid of microscopes, apparitions cast on laboratory walls by projection machines, cut-paper figures revealing the "exact proportions" of sea monsters-all were created by members of the Royal Society of London, the leading institutional platform of the early Scientific Revolution.Wicked Intelligence reveals that these natural philosophers shaped Restoration London's emergent artistic cultures by forging collaborations with court painters, penning art theory, and designing triumphs of baroque architecture such as St Paul's Cathedral.Matthew C. Hunter brings to life this archive of experimental-philosophical visualization and the deft cunning that was required to manage such difficult research. Offering an innovative approach to the scientific image-making of the time, he demonstrates how the Restoration project of synthesizing experimental images into scientific knowledge, as practiced by Royal Society leaders Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren, might be called "wicked intelligence." Hunter us...

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