A meeting of the minds : European and Tamil encounters in modern sciences, 1507-1857

By: Jeyaseela Stephen, SMaterial type: TextTextPublication details: Delhi Primus books 2016Description: xiv,1120 p. illustrations, mapsISBN: 9789384082796 (hardback); 9789384092214 (POD); 9789384092221 (ebook); 9384082791Subject(s): Science | Europeans | ScienceDDC classification: 509.5482 Summary: A Meeting of the Minds: European and Tamil Encounters in Modern Sciences, 1507-1857 uncovers new aspects of the contributions of the Portuguese, Dutch, Dane, English and French East India Company officials and European missionaries to intellectual history in the fields of botany, chemistry, medicine, earth and space science within the specific geographical-historical locality of the Tamil coast in the early Modern Age. It discusses the relationships forged to underpin the progress in scientific knowledge and scholarship besides examining the varied manifestations of ideas, practices and forms of intellectual life developed and shared through association with the learned elite. The author argues that knowledge making processes then were not simple binaries such as dialogue or exchange, native or Western, collaboration or resistance, as found in the existing historiography, but were much more complex epistemological processes involving a deep understanding of construction and reconstruction at multiple nodes for production of knowledge, movement and reception.
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A Meeting of the Minds: European and Tamil Encounters in Modern Sciences, 1507-1857 uncovers new aspects of the contributions of the Portuguese, Dutch, Dane, English and French East India Company officials and European missionaries to intellectual history in the fields of botany, chemistry, medicine, earth and space science within the specific geographical-historical locality of the Tamil coast in the early Modern Age. It discusses the relationships forged to underpin the progress in scientific knowledge and scholarship besides examining the varied manifestations of ideas, practices and forms of intellectual life developed and shared through association with the learned elite. The author argues that knowledge making processes then were not simple binaries such as dialogue or exchange, native or Western, collaboration or resistance, as found in the existing historiography, but were much more complex epistemological processes involving a deep understanding of construction and reconstruction at multiple nodes for production of knowledge, movement and reception.

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