Natural History :: Natural Philosophy

February 6 – June 30, 2017 

Vol. 1 (1790) of Sowerby’s English botany. From the Thordarson Collection, Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

To complement the exhibition “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections in the Chazen Museum and the Burdick-Vary Symposium “New Illuminations: Art-NATURE-History” organized by Prof. Lynn Nyhart through the Institute for Research in the Humanities, Special Collections featured an exhibit drawing on our own rich holdings in the fields of natural history and natural philosophy. The exhibit included titles that have informed or inspired Glowacki’s work, both from Special Collections and the Historical Collections of Ebling Health Sciences Library, along with other illustrated works from the Thordarson Collection and other collections in history of science.

checklist is available.

Equipment for experimental natural philosophy. From Saggi di naturali esperienze fatte nell’Accademia del cimento, 2nd ed. (1691).