An unprecedented reformation of science and education took place during the early modern age coincident with an explosion of knowledge in all areas of inquiry. Ongoing discoveries in the heavens, around the globe, within the human body, and in smaller worlds still were made available to a wide range of new readers by virtue of advances in print technology and the mechanical reproduction of images.

Dr. Engel's present study seeks to highlight and examine critically some representative moments associated with these seismic shifts in the history of Western thought by paying special attention to the place of memory in this time of rapid epistemological change. A recurring motif will be that the old and the new overlapped in telling ways, each impinging upon and to some extent and in varying degrees interpenetrating the other.

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