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History of Science Lecture with Anna Marie Roos

Tuesday, November 14 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Museum of Natural and Cultural History
1680 E 15th Avenue, Eugene, OR

This is a FREE event.

The UO Clark Honors College, the OSU Horning Endowment for the Humanities, and the MNCH present "'Only meer Love to Learning’: a rediscovered travel diary of naturalist and collector James Petiver (c.1665–1718)" with visiting scholar Anna Marie Roos (University of Lincoln). 

Join Dr. Roos for her analysis of a rediscovered diary compiled by James Petiver, recording a journey he made in 1691. During his two-month trip, Petiver left Kendal, travelled to Yorkshire, and subsequently visited Oxford, Essex, and London to botanize and to view scientific collections. Petiver’s diary represents an early modern form of scientific peregrination – ‘science on the move’ – that was prevalent in England from 1650 to 1750. Not yet formal fieldwork, scientific peregrination was a means of developing empirical expertise of naturalia in the field. The analysis of Petiver’s diary represents a form of humanistic fieldwork, giving insights into the natural history specimens, mode of travel, noted antiquities, and other evidence that allows us to reconstruct the mental world of this important scientific collector.

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