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Measuring the New World Safier, Neil


Prior to 1735, South America was largely terra incognita to many Europeans. But that year, the Paris Academy of Sciences sent a joint French and Spanish mission to the Spanish American province of Quito (in present-day Ecuador) to study the curvature of the Earth at the Equa-tor—an expedition that would put South America on the map and in the minds of Europeans for centuries to come. Join us as Neil Safier places this particular scientific endeavour in the larger context of early modern print culture and the emerging intellectual category of scientist as author, from “Measuring the New World.”

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