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Harris, John
Lexicon technicum; or, An universal dictionary of arts and sciences, explaining not only the terms of art but the arts themselves.
Two volumes in one.
Second edition
London : Printed for Dan. Brown, Tim. Goodwin, John Walthoe, Tho. Newborough, John Nicholson, Dan. Midwinter, and Francis Coggan, 1708.

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This is a second edition of John Harris's famous Lexicon technicum. A kind of contemporary encyclopedia of recent developments in natural philosophy, mathematics, medicine and even architecture, it provides an invaluable guide to early modern science. Harris famously defines natural philosophy as " That Science which contemplates Powers of Nature, the Properties of Natural Bodies, and their mutual Action one upon another".

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