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This front matter section of the book Observing the World through Images: Diagrams and Figures in the Early-Modern Arts and Sciences contains the table of contents. The book investigates the roles that visual representations played in promoting new conceptions of the cosmos at a time of revolutionary changes in the way in which the universe was perceived, as well as in the development of astronomical instruments and observational techniques. In particular, it seeks to determine the different types of images encountered in astronomical texts and to show how these changed in form over time. The book explores the explanatory and argumentative functions of visual representations; the relationships between images and texts; the production of images; and the extent to which images helped to drive the development of knowledge of the cosmos.

Keywords: cosmos conceptions; Early-Modern arts; Early-Modern sciences



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