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Friday, May 28, 2010

Bodleian summer exhibition celebrates the Royal Society

Bodleian summer exhibition celebrates the Royal Society"The Bodleian Libraries 2010 Summer exhibition examines the intellectual world of John Aubrey (1626-97), one of the Founding Fellows of the Royal Society of London, and a major seventeenth-century scientific and cultural figure. John Aubrey and the Development of Experimental Science presents all of Aubrey's varied interests and pursuits within the intellectual context of his times. Coinciding with the nationwide celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, this is the first exhibition to feature Aubrey's many diverse achievements as a biographer, antiquary, mathematician, 'natural philosopher' and all-round virtuoso. Highlights of the exhibition include Aubrey's own manuscripts for Brief Lives; presentation books from fellow scientists Hobbes and Newton; original 17-century mathematical instruments; fossil specimens; and a working camera obscura"

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