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Instrumental images: the visual rhetoric of self-presentation in Hevelius's Machina Coelestis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20695415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article places the famous images of Johannes Hevelius's instruments in his Machina Coelestis (1673) in the context of Hevelius's contested cometary observations and his debate with Hooke over telescopic sights. Seen thus, the images promote a crafted vision of Hevelius's astronomical practice and skills, constituting a careful self-presentation to his distant professional network and a claim as to which instrumental techniques guarantee accurate observations. Reviewing the reception of the images, the article explores how visual rhetoric may be invoked and challenged in the context of controversy, and suggests renewed analytical attention to the role of laboratory imagery in instrumental cultures in the history of science.
Janet Vertesi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal for the history of science     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0007-0874     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Hist Sci     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-10     Completed Date:  2010-09-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0144554     Medline TA:  Br J Hist Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  209-43     Citation Subset:  QIS    
University of California, Irvine, 5204 Donald Bren Hall, Irvine, CA 92697, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Astronomy / history*
Books, Illustrated / history*
Engraving and Engravings / history*
History, 17th Century
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Johannes Hevelius

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