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Scientific travel in the Atlantic world: the French expedition to Gor?e and the Antilles, 1681-1683.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20503849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although historians have long recognized the importance of long-range scientific expeditions in both the practice and culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century science, it is less well understood how this form of scientific organization emerged and became established in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the late seventeenth century new European scientific institutions tried to make use of globalized trade networks for their own ends, but to do so proved difficult. This paper offers a case history of one such expedition, the voyage sponsored by the French Acad?mie royale des sciences to Gor?e (in modern Senegal) and the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in 1681-3. The voyage of Varin, Deshayes and de Glos reveals how the process of travel itself caused problems for instruments and observers alike.
Nicholas Dew
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Publication Detail:
Type:  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 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-27     Completed Date:  2010-06-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0144554     Medline TA:  Br J Hist Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-17     Citation Subset:  QIS    
McGill University, Department of History, 855 rue Sherbrooke ouest, Montr&al, Quebec, H3A 2T7, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Expeditions / history*
History, 17th Century
Science / history*,  instrumentation
Societies, Scientific / history*

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