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UCL Bookshelf: 'Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age'

5 March 2007

The rise of science in the 16th and 17th centuries was a hugely significant milestone in the shaping of the modern world.

Professor Hal Cook, Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, argues that the foundations of the 'scientific revolution' were a result of Dutch international trade, which reached dizzying heights throughout this period and extended Dutch influence.

Successful global trade required notions such as objectivity, accumulation and description, which came to be instilled in Dutch culture. The result was an explosion of science and medicine, echoed by great achievements in the arts, which have fascinated observers for centuries.

To find out more, use the link at the bottom of this article.

Link: 'Matters of Exchange' by Professor Hal Cook (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL)