⑤ The Philosopher’s Study▪On alchemy’s transition into chemistry

In the 16th century, alchemy became a victim of its own success. The more it achieved, the more its reputation suffered.

Moran, Bruce T

Distilling Knowledge Book

2006, ISBN: 9780674022492.

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④ Between Skin and Bones▪On surgery’s discord with anatomy

In the 16th century, great advances were made in anatomy. Amazingly, this didn’t lead to a single improvement in surgery, which remained crude, cruel, and lethal.

Wootton, David

Bad Medicine Book

2007, ISBN: 9780199212798.

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Vesalius, Andreas

De humani corporis fabrica Online

1543.

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③ Enchanting Numbers▪On computers’ invention as mechanical calculators

Computing began long before the twentieth century. Mechanical calculators ran on cogs, wheels, and steam engines.

Padua, Sydney

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage Book

2015.

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MechanicalComputing,

How the Pascaline works Online

2012.

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Scoble, Robert

A demo of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine Online

2010.

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② Beyond the Edge of the World▪On worldviews in Columbus’ time

Columbus discovers America. But more importantly, he discovers discovery itself.

Wootton, David

The Invention of Science Book

2016, ISBN: 978-0141040837.

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Britannica, Encyclopædia

Art From The Encyclopædia Britannica (1768–71) Online

1768.

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Clavius, Christoph

In sphaeram ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius Online

1570.

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① Bloody Beginnings▪On blood transfusion as medical cure-all

Daring 17th century doctors try their hand at blood transfusion. With fatal consequences.

Tucker, Holly

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution Book

2012, ISBN: 978-0-393-34223-9.

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Harvey, William

Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Online

1628.

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