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Margaret D. Garber
California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA 92831-3599)
The Literary Transformation of Alchemy, Chemistry, and Medicine in an Early European Scientific Journal

A book about the first journal of science of the 17th- and 18th-century Habsburg Empire.

‚ÄúDomesticating Curiosities‚ÄĚ is a book project that examines the first journal of science, in the Habsburg Empire, The Miscellany of Curiosities, produced by the understudied Academy of Curiosi. The project explains how this journal transformed the human interest in natural curiosities into standardized experimental science. While much literature on French and English luminaries of early science exists, this project will support the first long-term study on the Academy of Curiosi. It proposes to show how this vast Continental network of local, regional and court physicians, who claimed alchemical and medical expertise, played a crucial role in establishing the sciences of chemistry and chemical medicine in the German territories. In exploring the historical roots of emerging experimental fields of chemical sciences the project offers an illuminating case study about how the transformative potential of this new literary genre shaped the relationship between humans and the natural world.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; History of Science; Renaissance History

Awards for Faculty

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019