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Science and the Secrets of Nature:
Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
William Eamon

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgments
Notes on Conventions and Usage
Introduction: Printing, Popular Culture, and the Scientific Revolution3
Pt. 1The Literature of Secrets13
1The Literature of Secrets in the Middle Ages15
2Knowledge and Power38
Pt. 2The Secrets of Nature in the Age of Printing91
3Arcana Disclosed93
4The Professors of Secrets and Their Books134
5Leonardo Fioravanti, Vendor of Secrets168
6Natural Magic and the Secrets of Nature194
7The Secrets of Nature in Popular Culture234
Pt. 3The "New Philosophy"267
8Science as a Venatio269
9The Virtuosi and the Secrets of Nature301
10From the Secrets of Nature to Public Knowledge319
Conclusion351
Appendix: Secreti Italiani: Italian Booklets of Secrets, ca. 1520-1643361
Abbreviations367
Notes369
Bibliography431
Index481

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