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The young and the restless : scientific institutions in the late 17th and early 18th century

Boschiero, Luciano

This paper is an attempt to analyze the foundations and workings of some of these
institutions in Italy that supposedly represent the birth of modern experimental science,
focusing on the efforts of the Accademia degli Inquieti (1690-1714) to establish its
reputation and to gain funding from the Bolognese Senate and the Papal Court. I will
begin by examining the claims made by historians since the eighteenth century regarding
the aims and interests of the first scientific institutions and their patrons. The subsequent
case studies pertaining to the Accademia del Cimento, the Accademia della Traccia, and
especially the Accademia degli Inquieti will aim to show the political and intellectual complexities surrounding the activities of these organizations that historians have
traditionally neglected to discuss.

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Italian Academy
Publisher
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Series
Italian Academy Fellows' Seminar Working Papers
Published Here
March 31, 2011
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