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Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800$
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Daniela Bleichmar, Paula De Vos, Kristin Huffine, and Kevin Sheehan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753586

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753586.001.0001

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Science During the Portuguese Maritime Discoveries

Science During the Portuguese Maritime Discoveries

A Telling Case of Interaction Between Experimenters and Theoreticians

(p.78) Chapter Four Science During the Portuguese Maritime Discoveries
Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800

Onésimo T. Almeida

Stanford University Press

Portuguese navigators have produced a significant body of literature that confirms that certain important developments in Portugal paved the way for modernity and an experimentalist attitude toward the world. This chapter discusses the interaction between theorists and navigators involved in the overseas voyages of discovery. It focuses on the particular working relationship that existed between Pedro Nunes, a mathematician who made important contributions in the area of technical navigation, and D. João de Castro, the most modern of the maritime travel writers of this period.

Keywords:   Portugal, theorists, navigators, Pedro Nunes, navigation, D. João de Castro

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