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Garden Visits, Observations, Reading and Excerpts: Martin Fogel (1634–1675) and His Techniques of Acquiring Knowledge

  • Carola Piepenbring-ThomasEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Trends in the History of Science book series (TRENDSHISTORYSCIENCE)

Abstract

The physician Martin Fogel developed special methods of accumulating knowledge in the seventeenth century. He collected more than 3600 books and he made notes on more than 30,000 little slips of paper, highlighting excerpts from his books or from received letters. He recorded information from oral accounts, from newspapers, experiences and travel adventures on his 4-year educational journey. He worked with each of his sources in a different methodical way. But he mainly consulted printed sources, and from this point of view, Fogel was more committed to the conservative historical approach than to modern experimental scientific work. But nevertheless, he was an innovative scholar. For example, he discovered the relationship between the Finno-Ugric languages. His literary estate was so important to Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz that the latter acquired Fogel’s books and borrowed his papers, ultimately never returning them to the inheritors.

Keywords

Seventeenth Century Travel Diary Handwritten Paper Innovative Scholar Grand Tour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HannoverGermany

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