Vera A. Keller F'15

Vera A. Keller
Associate Professor
Robert D. Clark Honors College
University of Oregon

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships 2015
Assistant Professor
Robert D. Clark Honors College
University of Oregon
Cornelis Drebbel (1572-1633) and the Ambitions of Science

Cornelis Drebbel, a now neglected figure, has much to tell us about the origins of experimental science in early modern Europe. As an artist, wonderworker, inventor, alchemist and philosopher, Drebbel excited a transnational public. For over a century, he served as a model for the powers of human invention and discovery. He was written out of the story of science in part due to Enlightenment commitments to a sober, sanitized genealogy of modern reason. Recovering this now marginalized figure and understanding his once immense appeal can contribute to revising our account of the Scientific Revolution.