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Jan Swammerdam's visions of nature

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Swammerdam was one of the first early modern naturalists to treat insects in systematic depth and breadth. Swammerdam’s achievements, particularly in representing insects in minute detail, are typically associated with his skilled use of the microscope. Through a close study of his 1675 work on mayflies, Ephemeri Vita, I argue that Swammerdam’s images engage a much wider set of experimental observational methods and arguments about how best to see nature.

This talk is part of the Cabinet of Natural History series.

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