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This talk will explore the Hartlib circle and developments in early-modern technology.



Speaker: Rebecca Pohancenik, CELL John C. Taylor PhD Student, Queen Mary

Through the turbulent 17th century, one interest transcended social, political and national boundaries: the love of instruments. Kings commissioned the finest, gentlemen paid a king's ransom for the latest and every immigrant tradesman 'knew' a scheme for some improvement that would make his potential patron wildly wealthy. This talk will look at the challenges of the instrument maker, for whom the constant need to innovate and impress was a compelling reality, and consider how the 17th century penchant for 'doting on instruments' helped or hindered their advancement.

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