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Nicolaus Steno

Biography and Original Papers of a 17th Century Scientist

  • Troels Kardel
  • Paul Maquet
  • By far the most exhaustive biography of Niels Stensen "Nicolaus Steno", anatomist, geologist and bishop

  • An avenue through the erudite Europe in 17th century

  • First publication of the complete set of original scientific papers on anatomy and geology, including full translation and rich footnotes.

  • A key to early geoscience

  • A must for understanding early modern research on brain and motor control

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
    Pages 1-2
  3. Part I Biography of Nicolaus Steno by Gustav Scherz, translated by Paul Maquet

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 7-59
    3. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 61-114
    4. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 115-140
    5. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 141-172
    6. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 173-202
    7. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 235-253
    8. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 255-285
    9. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 287-323
    10. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 325-344
  4. Part II Steno – Scientific Papers – OPH

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-351
    2. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 391-393
    3. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 395-405
    4. Troels Kardel, Paul Maquet
      Pages 407-416

About this book

Introduction

This is by far the most exhaustive biography on Niels Stensen, anatomist, geologist and bishop, better known as "Nicolaus Steno". We learn about the scientist’s family and background in Lutheran Denmark, of his teachers at home and abroad, of his studies and travels in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Bohemia and Germany, of his many pioneering achievements in anatomy and geology, of his encounters with Swammerdam, Malpighi and with members of the newly established Royal Society of London and the Accademia del Cimento in Florence, and with the philosopher Spinoza. It further treats Stensen’s religious conversion.
The book includes the full set of Steno's anatomical and geological scientific papers in original language. The editors thoroughly translated the original Latin text to English, and included numerous footnotes on the background of this bibliographic and scientific treasure from the 17th century.

Keywords

17th century scientist Early geology / paleontology Nicolaus Steno Niels Stensen anatomy biography

Editors and affiliations

  • Troels Kardel
    • 1
  • Paul Maquet
    • 2
  1. 1.HolteDenmark
  2. 2.AywailleBelgium

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
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Reviews

“With this wonderful book … a complete edition of Steno’s thirty-four known scientific works is now available for the first time in the English language. … The present book is now the most important source for studies of Steno’s scientific discoveries and life. … the editors of this volume have done a wonderful job in making the scientific work of one of the more intriguing scientists of the seventeenth century available to a wider audience.” (Jens Morten Hansen, ISIS, Vol. 106 (3), September, 2015)

“The present book on Steno, edited and translated by Troels Kardel and Paul Maquet, is the most important monograph for studies of Steno’s scientific discoveries and life yet written. … With this wonderful book a complete edition of Steno’s 34 known scientific works is available in English for the first time.” (Jens Morten Hansen, Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark, March, 2015)

“The book presented here is dedicated to the scientist, anatomist, geologist, theologian and bishop, Niels Stensen. … The book of Kardel and Maquet is important. It will certainly give us a better understanding of the activity of Stensen as a man of science and culture, and a greater attention to his lesser-known works, now finally gathered all together and translated.” (Pina Totaro, Metascience, October, 2014)

“This book thus provides us with a greater understanding of Steno’s contributions to geology in their various contexts. I commend the efforts of the editors in translating and compiling Steno’s work in such a convenient form, and recommend this book to all scholars with an interest in the history of the geological sciences and their contexts.” (Toshihiro Yamada, Episodes, Vol. 36 (4), December, 2013)

“The release of a massive work that is not only a milestone in the Steno-research history, but also an important contribution to the Danish and international science history. ... is in itself valuable, but even more valuable are Steno's own works, now for the first time available in their entirety.” (quote translated, orginial review in Danish language, Helge Kragh, Weekendavisen, February, 2013)