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Experiência a madre das cousas – on the ‘Revolution of Experience’ in Sixteenth-Century Portuguese Maritime Discoveries and its Foundational Role in the Emergence of the Scientific Worldview

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In a chapter entitled "Colonial Iberian roots of the scientific revolution", Cañizares-Esguerra enumerates some important contributions originating in the Iberian world adding the unequivocal statement that Cañizares-Esguerra's own answer is also plainly stated. Over the last twenty-five years, the author have been researching, teaching and writing on the emergence of a new "scientific" mentality which started gaining ground among a community of minds involved in the process of the Portuguese maritime discoveries throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In the remainder of this chapter the author would like to concentrate on the much debated expression "experience is the mother of things", a concept important for establishing the degree of mental transformation which slowly occurred in the minds of those involved in overseas travel.

Keywords:Cañizares-Esguerra; Iberia; Portuguese maritime discoveries; Scientific revolution



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