Simone Contardi

La casa di Salomone a Firenze
L’Imperiale e Reale Museo di Fisica e Storia Naturale (1755-1801)

2002, cm 17 x 24, xx-324 pp. con 8 tavv. f.t.

ISBN: 9788822250926

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A reconstruction of the history of one of the most important scientific institutions of 18th century Italy. The Imperial and Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History was founded in Florence in 1775 by Pietro Leopoldo and entrusted to the leadership of Felice Fontana a physiologist from Trentino. Between violent contrasts and authentic outbursts towards the promotion and diffusion of scientific knowledge the Florentine institution represented one of the most significant moments in the institutional history of science in the Age of Enlightenment.