On Joachim Jungius' Texturæ Contemplatio: Texture, Weaving and Natural Philosophy in the 17th Century

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The book offers an analysis of Joachim Jungius’ Texturæ Contemplatio - a hitherto-unpublished manuscript written in German and Latin that deals with weaving, knitting and other textile practices, attempting to present as well various fabrics and textile techniques in a scientifical and even mathematical framework. The book aims to provide the epistemological, technical and historic framework for Jungius’ manuscript, inspecting fabrics, weaving techniques as well as looms and other textile machines in Holy Roman Empire during the Early Modern Period. It also offers a unique investigation of the notion and metaphor of ‘texture’ during this period, and explores, within the wider context of the ‘meeting’ or ‘trading zones’ thesis, the relations between artisans and natural philosophers during the 17th century. The book is of interest to historians of philosophy and mathematics, as well as historians of technology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages416
ISBN (Electronic)3031408810, 9783031408816
ISBN (Print)9783031408809, 9783031408830
StatePublished - 2024

Publication series

NameInternational Archives of the History of Ideas Archives Internationales d'histoire des Idées Series
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG


  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  • History of Textiles
  • Joachim Jungius
  • Mathematics and Artisanal Practices
  • Mathematics and Weaving
  • Textiles as Luxury Commodities during the 17th Century
  • Trading zones
  • Weaving Techniques in Early Modern Europe
  • Weaving in Germany

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