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The path to Steno's synthesis on the animal origin of glossopetrae

Kuang-Tai Hsu
The path to Steno's synthesis on the animal origin of glossopetrae (in The revolution in geology from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, Gary D. Rosenberg (editor))
Memoir - Geological Society of America (2009) 203: 93-106

Abstract

As a medical student, Steno (1638-1686) entirely belonged to the seventeenth-century cultural context in which the problem of glossopetrae, or fossilized sharks' teeth, was given special attention by a number of scholars. In his Canis (1667), Steno entered the realm of geological studies and advanced, on the basis of his medical knowledge and chemical expertise, a hypothesis concerning the animal origin of glossopetrae. Here, I show that the Canis offers an excellent text in which to understand the changes in geological studies between the Aristotelian and Cartesian frameworks. Thus, based upon the legacy of the medical and chemical traditions, Steno's synthesis of previous views on the animal origin of glossopetrae with Descartes' particle theory becomes a very good example for showing the nature of the transition between Renaissance and early modern geology.


ISSN: 0072-1069
Coden: GSAMAQ
Serial Title: Memoir - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 203
Title: The path to Steno's synthesis on the animal origin of glossopetrae
Title: The revolution in geology from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Author(s): Hsu, Kuang-Tai
Author(s): Rosenberg, Gary D.editor
Affiliation: National Tsing Hua University, Center for General Education/Institute of History, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Affiliation: Indiana University-Purdue University, Department of Earth Sciences, Indianapolis, IN, United States
Pages: 93-106
Published: 2009
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 978-0-8137-1203-1
Meeting name: Geological Society of America, 2006 annual meeting, symposium on From the scientific revolution to the enlightenment; emergence of modern geology and evolutionary thought from the 16th to the 18th century
Meeting location: Philadelphia, PA, USA, United States
Meeting date: 20061022Oct. 22-25, 2006
References: 54
Accession Number: 2009-094464
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200951
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