9780226055404-022605540X-Secret Science: Spanish Cosmography and the New World

Secret Science: Spanish Cosmography and the New World

ISBN-13: 9780226055404
ISBN-10: 022605540X
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Portuondo, María M.
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 352 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780226055404
ISBN-10: 022605540X
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Portuondo, María M.
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 352 pages

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Acknowledged authors Portuondo, María M. wrote Secret Science: Spanish Cosmography and the New World comprising 352 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 022605540X and 9780226055404. Since then Secret Science: Spanish Cosmography and the New World textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The discovery of the New World raised many questions for early modern scientists: What did these lands contain? Where did they lie in relation to Europe? Who lived there, and what were their inhabitants like? Imperial expansion necessitated changes in the way scientific knowledge was gathered, and Spanish cosmographers in particular were charged with turning their observations of the New World into a body of knowledge that could be used for governing the largest empire the world had ever known.

As María M. Portuondo here shows, this cosmographic knowledge had considerable strategic, defensive, and monetary value that royal scientists were charged with safeguarding from foreign and internal enemies. Cosmography was thus a secret science, but despite the limited dissemination of this body of knowledge, royal cosmographers applied alternative epistemologies and new methodologies that changed the discipline, and, in the process, how Europeans understood the natural world.

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