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Renaissance Craftsmen and Humanistic Scholars

Circulation of Knowledge between Portugal and Germany


Edited By Thomas Horst, Marília dos Santos Lopes and Henrique Leitão

The study of the relations between Portugal and the German-speaking countries in the 15th and 16th centuries is an intriguing topic that has attracted the interest of scholars for some decades. In recent years evidence accumulated has shown that there was still much to be known and even some large areas were still unexplored. In order to better grasp the nature of what was a complex historical phenomenon, an interdisciplinary approach to the topic turned out to be necessary by deepening the understanding of what is usually termed the circulation of knowledge. The present book shows how knowledge travels with people, with artifacts, along commercial lines, and is created and transformed by the intervention of individuals from various educational and social strata.

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Torsten dos Santos Arnold is a Doctoral Researcher within the DFG Project “The Globalized Periphery: Atlantic Commerce, Socioeconomic and Cultural Change in Central Europe (1680–1850)” at the European University Viadrina at Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. He graduated with his MA in Maritime History from the Faculty of Letters, Lisbon University (FLUL) and the Portuguese Naval College in 2014. In 2013, his research of the Indo-Portuguese copper trade during the first half of the sixteenth century was awarded with the annual price of the Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History (APHES). The same year, he organized the exhibition “Hermann Kellenbenz (1913–1990): ao Serviço da História” (Hermann Kellenbenz [1913–1990]: in the service of History) in collaboration with the National Library of Portugal.

After a degree in physics Samuel Gessner became historian of science obtaining the degree of PhD in that field at university Paris 7, France. His first post-doc project Instruments in texts and in the practitioners’ hands was financed by the Portuguese Science Foundation FCT (2007–2013). As an associate of the CIUHCT (Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia) at the University of Lisbon, he focuses on the diverse mathematical cultures in early modern Europe, and the role of mathematical instruments as conceived of by both theoreticians and practitioners. He insists on using artefacts of material culture as primary sources alongside textual and iconographic documents. Samuel Gessner won a grant from the cogito foundation in 2007,...

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