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Vision of the Lynxes

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Science  02 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5620, pp. 743
DOI: 10.1126/science.1084093

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The Eye of the Lynx Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History. David Freedberg. University of Chicago, Chicago, 2003. 525 pp., illus. $50, £35.50. ISBN 0-226-26147-6.

In this lavishly illustrated volume, Freedberg discusses the activities and influences of the 17th-century Academy of Lincei-including the members involvement with Galileo, their "paper museum" (an attempt to compile of visual encyclopedia of the entire known world), their blending of what we currently recognize as science and the humanities, and their depictions of the previously invisible microscopic world.

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