Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Drebbel, Cornelis

Born: Alkmaar, 1572
Died: London, 1633
  • Vera KellerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1130-1


An alchemist, inventor, engineer, and natural philosopher, Drebbel fits in the vernacular maker’s knowledge tradition (Smith, Pamela, The body of the artisan: Art and experience in the scientific revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004) during a period of changing status for meteorology and alchemy.

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Primary Literature

  1. Benedetti, Giovanni Battista. 1585. Diversarum speculationum mathematicarum, & physicarum liber. Turin.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of OregonEugeneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marco Sgarbi
    • 1
  1. 1.University Ca' Foscari VeniceVeniceItaly