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      The History of Science: Defending Epistemology with New Technologies

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          The leap in scientific discoveries made with new computer technologies can be compared to the invention of the printing press and expanding scientific thought in the 16th century. Nowadays, new communication technologies offering a multimedia contribution illustrate the fascinating reality of scientific exploration even for individuals who can otherwise not be reached. Since rare books are usually kept in libraries with limited access, the strict safekeeping, however, often overrides the need for academic consultation. Moreover, rare manuscripts are often illustrated with figures that are just as important as the written texts, but which are also unavailable. We combined our expertise in biology, medicine and multimedia to produce a CD-ROM with a hyperlinked text on the scientific revolution of the 16th century, focusing on the early conceptualization of life sciences in Europe. In this paper we show the first page of Malpighi’s Epistle II (De pulmonibus – on the Lungs) as it appeared in Opera Omnia published in London (1686) by the Royal Society.

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          Am J Nephrol
          American Journal of Nephrology
          S. Karger AG
          April 1999
          23 April 1999
          : 19
          : 2
          : 340-342
          aDipartimento di Scienze della Vita, bCattedra di Nefrologia, Dipartimento di Pediatria e cCentro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale di Scienze Computazionali e Biotecnologiche, Seconda Università di Napoli, Italia
          13472 Am J Nephrol 1999;19:340–342
          © 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Figures: 2, References: 13, Pages: 3
          Self URI (application/pdf): https://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/13472
          Origins of Nephrology – The Modern Era

          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Life sciences history, CD-ROM, Epistemology


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