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Francisco Jose de Caldas: A Scientist at Work in Nueva Granada (Transaction 84-5)
Francisco Jose de Caldas

 
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By John Wilton Appel
Year: 1994
Pages: 154
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 0871698455

Product Code: 0871698455

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Transaction 84 No. 5
A study of Francisco Jose de Caldas y Tenorio, who was born in 1768 in the Spanish colony Nueva Reino de Granada. In the first half of the 18th cent. France sent an expedition to the equator to learn the true figure of the Earth. However, Spain maintained strict control over the coloniesí access to books & other Europeansí access to the colonies. Caldas, with a fervent interest in science & lacking the educational resources & personal contacts available in Europe, developed a scientific program based on what was available to him. The arrival of the Prussian naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt, brought to a head Caldasís discontent with his own isolation from the European community. Black & white illustrations.

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