Uffenbach and the Commerce of Nature in the Scientific Revolution
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
This talk examines how long-distance trade transformed European natural history and anatomy in the years around 1700. It studies how innovations in advertising, banking, marketing and intellectual property regimes turned scientific knowledge into a commodity. The diaries and archives of Baron Zacharias Conrad von Uffenbach, the renowned curioso and scientific traveler, reveal how, in this period, a wealthy customer could acquire scientific expertise, and countless curiosities, by going on a shopping spree in the major cities of Northern Europe.
Dániel Margócsy, PhD
Hunter College, CUNY
Dániel Margócsy is an assistant professor at Hunter College—CUNY. His research focuses on the impact of commercialization on the visual culture of early modern natural history and medicine. He has published articles in the Journal of the History of Ideas, the British Journal for the History of Science and the Netherlands Yearbook of Art History.