Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Metallurgy in Renaissance Science

  • Andrea BernardoniEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_948-1


The fourteenth century is characterized by the consolidation of the iron and steel industries. The return to the widespread use of other metals in goldsmiths and sculpture, with the development of military and civil engineering, encourages the renovation of mining, metallurgical techniques, and metal working that will lead, especially in central Europe, to the renewal and upgrading of the metallurgical mining industry. This process of renewal is accompanied by the birth and consolidation of literature dedicated to metallurgy and mining, which will mark the transition from an alchemical and artisanal dimension to the art of metal, to that of a specific field of study that finds an application in an industrial activity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto di Storia della ScienzaMuseo GalileoItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Matteo Valleriani
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany