Journal Centaurus, vol. 65.4 (2023)

Centaurus. Journal of the European Society for the History of Science, Volume 65 (2023), Issue 4

Nehemiah Grew and the Making of the Anatomy of Plants (1682), edited by Christoffer Basse Eriksen and Pamela Mackenzie

  • Pages: approx. 200 p.
  • Size:178 x 254 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2024

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    Throughout Nehemiah Grew‘s tenure at the Royal Society he produced several innovative lectures and books on plant anatomy with the help of the Society’s microscopes. This work led to the publication of The Anatomy of Plants in 1682, which featured innovative insights about plant reproduction, a distinct natural philosophy and an exciting range of visual material that captured some of the earliest views of plant interiors seen using a microscope.


    Special Issue: Nehemiah Grew and the Making of The Anatomy of Plants (1682)

    Christoffer Basse Eriksen & Pamela MacKenzie, Introduction

    Fabrizio Baldassarri, From Seed to Seed: Material Activities and Vegetable Life in Grew’s Philosophy of Botany

    Justin Niermeier-Dohoney, A Utopian Model of Order: Imperial Skepticism and Local Ecologies in Nehemiah Grew's Political Economy of Nature

    Christoffer Basse Eriksen, Apricots, Plums, and Garden Beans: Reassembling Nehemiah Grew's Collection of Plants

    Pamela MacKenzie, What is Seen in a Garden Bean: Revisions and Copies in Nehemiah Grew’s Plant Anatomy

    Oana Lidia Matei, Building an Early Modern Science of Vegetation: Nehemiah Grew’s Inquiries into the Anatomy of Plants

    Justin Begley, Seeing Plants as Animals: Analogical Reasoning in Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants (1682)

    Anna Marie Roos, Afterword: Nehemiah Grew and the Anatomy of Plants: The Essential Tension

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