John Wilkins (1614-72): New Essays presents ten fresh essays on the life and work of the influential English natural philosopher and theologian, John Wilkins. Wilkins, one of the most prominent figures in the scientific revolution in England, and a founder of the Royal Society of London, published widely on astronomy, mechanics, language, and theology, and was also an important churchman and politician. These ten essays review Wilkins’s writings and influence, while also addressing the wider contexts of his activities, including his service as head of house at two successive colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, and his political work. This new collection thus covers all aspects of Wilkins’s career, and functions as a complete reappraisal of this seminal early modern figure.
Contributors are: C. S. L. Davies, Mordechai Feingold, Felicity Henderson, Natalie Kaoukji, Rhodri Lewis, Scott Mandelbrote, Jon Parkin, William Poole, Anna Marie Roos, and Richard Serjeantson.
William Poole (D.Phil., Oxford, 2001) is Fellow and Tutor in English at New College, Oxford. He has published on many bibliographical and historical topics in early modern Britain, including the history of science.
“Highly rewarding” Michael Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. In:
Isis, Vol. 109, No 4 (December 2018), pp. 842-843.
Preface and Acknowledgements
The Young John Wilkins and the Debate over Copernicanism Mordechai Feingold
Wilkins at Wadham C.S.L. Davies
Wilkins in Cambridge Richard Serjeantson
Wilkins and Latitudinarianism Jon Parkin
Taking the Moon Seriously: John Wilkins’s Discovery of a World in the Moone (1638) and Discourse Concerning a New World and Another Planet (1640) Felicity Henderson
Mathematicall Magick (1648) and the Mechanics of Discovery Natalie Kaoukji
The Same Principle of Reason: John Wilkins and Language Rhodri Lewis
John Wilkins and the Gardens of Wadham College Scott Mandelbrote
Chymical Teaching in Early Modern Oxford: From Wilkins to Whiteside Anna Marie Roos
Appendix. Wadham College Library: The First Century William Poole
All interested in the history of science, seventeenth century intellectual and institutional history, the history of universities, and the rise of the Royal Society of London.