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Reading The Universal Book Of Nature: The Accademia Dei Lincei In Rome (1603–1630)

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The Accademia dei Lincei was founded in Rome by a small group of young and ambitious scholars: the aristocrat Federico Cesi, Anastasio de Filiis, Francesco Stelluti and the Dutch physician and simplicist Johannes Eckius. Since the very beginning of its foundation, the Accademia dei Lincei declared its main goals to be study and teaching. In fact, its members not only promised their engagement in the field of philosophical research, but they also affirmed their desire to share and to spread the result of their efforts. The main physical seat of the Accademia dei Lincei was the private residence of Prince Cesi, situated in Via della Maschera d'Oro, in Rome. The Accademia dei Lincei probably represents the very first attempt to focus the activity of an intellectual circle on the matter of scientific observation (the study of the 'great book of Nature').

Keywords: Accademia dei Lincei; book of Nature; Rome



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