Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2007.
Book — xiii, 674 p.,  p. of plates : facsims. ; 24 cm.
Introduction: The Boyle Papers in context-- Robert Boyle and his archive-- The lost papers of Robert Boyle, Michael Hunter and Lawrence M. Principe-- The workdiaries of Robert Boyle: a newly discovered source and its internet publication, Michael Hunter and Charles Littleton-- Robert Boyle's Paralipomena: an analysis and reconstruction, Michael Hunter, Harriet Knight and Charles Littleton-- The making of Robert Boyle's Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Receiv'd Notion of Nature (1686), Michael Hunter and Edward B. Davis-- Catalogue of the Boyle papers, letters, notebooks and associated manuscripts-- Index.
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Robert Boyle (1627-91) was the most influential British scientist of the late seventeenth century. His huge archive, which has been at the Royal Society since 1769, has only recently been explored, leading to a new understanding of many aspects of Boyle's thought. This volume brings together the essential materials for understanding the "Boyle Papers". It includes a revised version of Michael Hunter's fundamental study of the archive, first published in 1992, which elucidates its history and the way in which handwriting evidence can be used to identify chronological strata within it, thus making it possible to trace the development of Boyle's ideas. Other chapters deal with such components of the Papers as Boyle's 'workdiaries' and his projected Paralipomena; another uses material from the archive to illuminate the making of a key work by Boyle, his "Free Inquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature"; while another illustrates that, large as the archive is, it is only a part of what existed in Boyle's lifetime. Parts of the content have been published before, but they are here presented in revised and fully indexed form. Lastly, the volume includes a completely revised version of the catalogue of the "Boyle Papers", Letters and ancillary manuscripts originally published in 1992, updating it by tabulating the extensive use of the archive made in recent years in connection with the publication of the definitive editions of "Boyle's Works and Correspondence" (1999-2001). In all, the volume will be indispensable to anyone with a serious interest in Boyle. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — xiv, 244 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction, Appendix: Boyle's desiderata for science-- Boyle's early intellectual evolution: a reappraisal-- Boyle and the early Royal Society: a reciprocal exchange in the making of Baconian science, Appendix: text of Oldenburg's version of Boyle's 'general heads'-- Boyle, Narcissus Marsh and the Anglo-Irish intellectual scene in the late 17th century-- The disquieted mind in casuistry and natural philosophy: Boyle and Thomas Barlow-- Boyle and secrecy-- Boyle and the uses of print-- Boyle and the supernatural-- 'Physica Peregrinans, or the Travelling Naturalist': Boyle, his informants and the role of the exotic,
Appendix 1: extant portion of Boyle's 'The aspireing naturalist (a philosophical romance)',
Appendix 2: 'Physica Peregrinans, or the Travelling Naturalist': narratives from hitherto unpublished manuscripts-- Index.
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The significance of Robert Boyle (1627a "91) as the most influential English scientist in the generation before Newton is now generally acknowledged, but the complexity and eclecticism of his ideas has also become increasingly apparent. This volume presents an important group of studies of Boyle by Michael Hunter, the leading expert on Boylea (TM)s life and thought. It forms a sequel to two previous books: Huntera (TM)s Robert Boyle: Scrupulosity and Science (2000) and The Boyle Papers: Understanding the Manuscripts of Robert Boyle (2007). Like them, it conveniently brings together material otherwise widely scattered in essay volumes and academic journals, while nearly a third of the booka (TM)s content is hitherto unpublished. The collection opens with a substantial introduction that places the studies that follow in the context of existing studies of Boyle; appended to it is an annotated edition of Boylea (TM)s telling list of desiderata for science. The next three essays comprise a group of essentially biographical studies, exploring various aspects of Boylea (TM)s life and intellectual evolution, after which three others provide further evidence of the a "convoluteda (TM) Boyle divulged in Robert Boyle: Scrupulosity and Science. Finally, we have two chapters, one hitherto published only in French and the other not at all, which throw important light on topics that preoccupied Boyle in the last few years of his life a " the supernatural and the exotic. Together, these essays add greater depth to our understanding of Boyle, both as an individual and as a natural philosopher. (source: Nielsen Book Data)