Beretta, Marco, and Tore Frängsmyr, eds., iv + 168pp., Illus.
"It is only by a growing accumulation of facts, compared and combined with one another, that the empire of science is to be extended; and the most striking objects for such a comparison will probably be those which present themselves in a sudden transition from one extreme to the other, such as from the south to the north of Europe. These words which were written at the beginning of the nineteenth century by Giuseppe Acerbi, an Italian naturalist who visited Sweden in 1800, are still useful today to understand the inspiring idea of the present collection of essays. Acerbi's statement in fact tells us that natural science is a particular branch of knowledge which, unlike humanistic disciplines, could benefit from the contrasts and differences which characterized the cultural relations between the south and the north of Europe, between Italy and Sweden."
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