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Science, the Fruit of Commerce

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Science  18 May 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5827, pp. 983-984
DOI: 10.1126/science.1142456

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Matters of Exchange. Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age. By Harold J. Cook. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2007. 576 pp. $35. ISBN 9780300117967.

Cook presents a case for seeing Dutch commerce rather than religion as the crucial inspiration for the rise of science in the 16th and 17th centuries.