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By Lauren Kassell

Simon Forman (1552-1611) is one in every of London's such a lot notorious astrologers. while he used to be consulted millions of occasions a 12 months for clinical and different questions he stood except the clinical elite as he boldly asserted scientific rules that have been at odds with such a lot realized physicians. during this interesting ebook, Lauren Kassell vividly recovers the area of medication and magic in Elizabethan London.

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Turner, ‘Mathematical Instrument-Making in London in the Sixteenth Century’, in Turner, Scientific Instruments and Experimental Philosophy – (Aldershot, ), –; Turner, Elizabethan Instrument Makers: The Origins of the London Trade in Precision Instrument Making (Oxford, ). ⁶ Johnston, ‘Mathematical Practitioners’, . Taylor dismisses Forman’s pamphlet as vacuous: Mathematical Practitioners, . ⁷ Longitude, sig. A. ⁸ Unlike these tracts, Forman’s pamphlet was short (two quarto sheets), had no illustrations, and protested the privilege and secrecy of knowledge.

See James A. Bennett, ‘The Longitude and the New Science’, Vistas in Astronomy,  (), –; Bennett, ‘The Mechanics’ Philosophy’; David W. Waters, ‘Nautical Astronomy and the Problem of Longitude’, in John G. ), The Uses of Science in the Age of Newton (Berkeley, ), –. ¹¹ Longitude, sig. Av; see also sig. A. For a text that Forman might have echoed in this passage, see Medina, Arte of navigation, sig. ¶v. ¹² Longitude, sigs. Av, Av.  The Making of an Astrologer-Physician addressed locals and experts, and his reputation amongst the mathematical practitioners was at stake.

V, . For details of these treatises see Bibliography. ⁸⁰ In October Forman copied a fifteenth-century manuscript of a treatise on the transmutation of the five essences by John of Rupescissa (fl. ⁸⁶ While swarming with detail, Forman’s notes are deceptively incomplete. He portrayed himself as a self-sustaining intellectual steeled against his enemies. But he seldom wrote about the people with whom he lived, travelled, worked, ⁷⁸ Ashm. , fos. –; for a study of this text, see Peter Grund, ‘In Search of Gold: Towards a Text Edition of an Alchemical Treatise’, in Peter J.

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