The Circulating Structure of Cosmological Space in the Seventeenth Century Chemical Tradition

  • Luc PeterschmittEmail author
Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 41)


I propose following one of the major themes in chemistry from the end of the sixteenth century to the beginning of the eighteenth: the circulation of seeds. My goal is not only to bring forward the longevity of this tradition—this is self-evident. Instead, I want to show how under diverse forms, the thesis of circulation allowed one to understand of how space was organized. In particular, I will look at the work of Joseph Duchesne (Quercetanus), Pierre-Jean Fabre and Herman Boerhaave. I will consider these three chemists as three moments in the history of chemical cosmologies that allow us to see how the spatial structure of the world has been considered.


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This paper has been written with the support of the ANR (Projet PNEUMA 09 SSOC O56 1). I thank Jonathan Regier and Koen Vermeir who have commented on and corrected earlier drafts of this paper. All the defects that remain are mine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Paris Ouest IREPHNanterre cedex, ParisFrance

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