From the garden of Mr. Lindo to the Philosophical Transactions: Scientific exchanges and knowledge legitimation in the mid-18th century Royal Society

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Abstract

A letter published in the Philosophical Transactions in 1763, concerning an experiment performed by Moses Lindo, an English businessman and expert in dye-yielding plants who lived in Charleston (South Carolina), is the case-study that will be analysed in this chapter, regarding the processes of circulation and communication of scientific knowledge. The consideration of the evolution of the Royal Society’s guidelines and its criteria for selecting information to be communicated and published, as well as the biographical and professional paths of the players involved in this dynamics, will lead to some conclusions on the worth of the go-between’s credibility in the process of validating information and on the way how Lindo found in the Society’s scientific authority a mean to strengthen his own scientific reputation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCross-cultural Exchange and the Circulation of Knowledge in the First Global Age
EditorsAmélia Polónia, Fabiano Bracht, Gisele Conceição, Monique Palma
Place of PublicationPorto
PublisherAfrontamento | Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar “Cultura, Espaço e Memória” (CITCEM) - Universidade do Porto
Chapter3
Pages53-71
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-972-36-1635-4, 978-989-8351-88-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Moses Lindo
  • Emanuel Mendes da Costa
  • Royal Society of London
  • Reputation
  • Merchants
  • Sephardim
  • Jews
  • Charleston
  • Indigo
  • Atlantic History

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