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The Murderous Matter: Dowsing And New Science

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This chapter surveys the interest select scholars across Europe had in minerals, mining, and dowsing during the Scientific Revolution. Some of the earliest contributions to the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society introduces the topic, as they illustrate how natural philosophers gathered information about miners, what the important issues were, and how German mining experience informed practice abroad. In the summer of 1692, a local judge, intendant, and head of police granted a farmer and dowser from the village of Saint-Veran in Dauphiné permission to investigate the July 5 murder of a wine trader and his wife in Lyon. The bodies had been found in the house cellar, but the unidentified murderer was still at large. Leibniz's plans for improving Harz mining were one among many failed projects he proposed during his stay in Hanover.

Keywords: dowsing; Harz mountains; philosophical transactions



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