TITLE

"A PLAGUE TO THE LEARNED WORLD": PIETER GABRY, F.R.S. (1715-1770) AND HIS USE OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY TO GAIN PRESTIGE AND SOCIAL STATUS

AUTHOR(S)
Zuidervaart, Huib J.
PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
History of Science;Sep2007, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p287
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article explores the life of Pieter Gabry, who was a lawyer, and his use of natural philosophy to earn prestige and social status in 18th Century Europe. Initially, he just collected scientific books and instruments. Later, he realized the potential to gain prestige and social status through science. Thus he used the strategy to win social admiration and acceptance through the rhetoric of experimental and natural philosophy to become a member of the European cultural journal "Republic of Letters." His case highlights the mechanisms of social intercourse that was accompanied with scientific content. He tried to win social status through his scientific activities, instruments, and scholarly correspondence.
ACCESSION #
27192240

 

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