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Bernardino Baldi, Cronica de Matematici (ca. 1596), ms.

Chronicles of Mathematics

Bernardino Baldi was an Italian mathematician whose work gives insight into the milieu of Galileo. This is one of two autograph manuscripts by Baldi held by the Collections. It is a history of mathematics, containing 366 brief biographical entries in chronological order.  It begins around 600 B.C.E. with an entry on Euphorbus.  After surveying ancient mathematicians, Baldi mentions many Islamic figures as well as European writers.  He concludes with final entries on Christoph Clavius, Giovanni Magini and Guidobaldo del Monte in 1596.  The book is open to an entry on Copernicus.

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Wondertooneel: Women and Museums

Wondertooneel Learning Leaflet

What were women doing in the museum? 

Levinus Vincent, a wealthy Dutch merchant with ties to the East Indies, created a spectacular 'Chamber of Wonders' natural history museum in Haarlem. Visiting dignitaries admired his museum, including Peter the Great and King Charles III of Spain. The detailed depictions of interior spaces include figures of women engaged in a variety of activities. Museums such as Vincent's offered women opportunities for participation in the natural sciences as donors, collectors, discoverers, visitors, patrons, lecturers and curators. This OER explores the significance of women in these early museums.


Maria Merian: World-Traveling Entomologist

Maria Merian Learning Leaflet

How do art and travel benefit natural history? 

Maria Merian (1647-1717), skilled in both art and natural history, studied the relationships between flowers and insects. She conducted field expeditions around the world, carried out research in gardens and museums, and produced detailed sketches and beautiful paintings, and even bred insects to aid in her entomological investigations.