The Columbia Magazine’s Winter 2015-2016 issue features a visit to Professor Pamela Smith’s graduate class, Craft and Science: Objects & Making in the Early Modern Period, part of the Making & Knowing Project. Professor Smith and her students demonstrate a historical technique called “life casting,” in which they recreate plants and animals using molten metal and molds in their chemistry laboratory. The techniques that they are reproducing are derived from a 16th Century manuscript containing instructions and recipes for different crafts and items of every day use during this period. Collections of detailed notes including documentation of trial and error, such as those found in manuscript BnF Ms. Fr. 640, formed the basis of the contemporary scientific method that developed over the next few hundred years.
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