publication . Article . 2015

Medicine, metals and empire: the survival of a chymical projector in early eighteenth-century London

Koji Yamamoto;
Open Access
  • Published: 03 Sep 2015
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>It is well known that Newtonian philosophers such as Johan T. Desaguliers defined their authority in contradistinction to the ‘projector’, a promoter of allegedly impractical and fraudulent schemes. Partly due to the lack of evidence, however, we know relatively little about these eighteenth-century projectors, especially those operating outside learned networks without claims to gentility, disinterest or theoretical sophistication. This paper begins to remedy this lacuna through the case of a ‘chymical’ projector, Moses Stringer (fl. 1693–1714). Instead of aspiring to respectability, this London chymist survived by vigor...
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free text keywords: History and Philosophy of Science, History, History of medicine, Alchemy, Projector, law.invention, law, Course of action, Philosophy, Empire, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Sophistication, Aesthetics
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