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Scientific instruments
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The use of scientific instruments – material equipment and aids to the obtaining and processing of empirical findings – is generally seen as one of the key characteristics of modern empirical natural science. In fact, the use of such instruments dates back to classical antiquity, but it became far more intensive and widespread in the early modern period – for instance, as a result of a creative drive in astronomy. Inst…

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Steinle, Friedrich, “Scientific instruments”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030476>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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