In Paris on 25 May 1651, the diarist John Evelyn recorded how he “went to visit Mr White, a learned priest and famous philosopher.”1 This assessment of White as not only ‘learned’, but actually ‘famous’, would at the time have been challenged by few. Both of his major scientific works — the De Mundo and the Peripateticall Institutions — had been published in the decade before Evelyn made his visit; and these books were of particular importance in establishing White’s reputation as one in the forefront of contemporary intellectual developments.


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  • Beverley C. Southgate
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  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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