Picturing Seeds of Poppy: Microscopes, Specimens and Visualization in 17th Century England
- Admission until 11:30
- Date: Jan 29, 2020
- Time: 11:00 - 13:00
- Speaker: Christoffer Basse Eriksen
- Location: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this seminar, I will approach these three images in two ways. First, I will reflect on the ways that knowledge of poppy seeds changed as it moved from the tradition of herbals and recipe books to specialized natural-historical publications. Second, I will show that although the three images all represent the same seed, they serve very different purposes. Focusing on this one specimen, the poppy seed, will allow me to highlight the individual visual strategies of the three microscopists and to discuss the relationship between specimen selection, scientific observation and visual representation.
Christoffer Basse Eriksen is a Carlsberg Research Fellow at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. He works on early modern natural history and the invention of the microscope.
Scientific organization: Sietske Fransen
Image: Henry Power, "Experimental Philosophy, in Three Books: Containing New Experiments Microscopical, Mercurial, Magnetical" (London, T. Roycroft, 1664), p. 49.