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Author Dym, Warren Alexander.
Title Divining science : treasure hunting and earth science in early modern Germany / by Warren Alexander Dym.
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011.

Author Dym, Warren Alexander.
Series Studies in central European histories ; v. 52
Studies in Central European histories ; v. 52.
Subject Metallurgy -- Germany -- Saxony -- History -- 18th century.
Dowsing -- Germany -- Saxony -- History -- 18th century.
Geochemical prospecting -- Germany -- Saxony -- History -- 18th century.
Geophysics -- Germany -- Saxony -- History -- 18th century.
Description 1 online resource (216 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-212) and index.
Contents Divining Science; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Glossary of Mining and Metallurgical Terms; Introduction; 1. White Gold on Spitzberg Hill; 2. Magic, Witchcraft, and the Nature of the Rod; 3. Mining Science: Vernacular Knowledge; 4. True Stories of Freiberg Dowsers; 5. The Murderous Matter: Dowsing and New Science; 6. The Electric Rod: Dowsing and the Freiberg Mining Academy; Conclusion; Selected Bibliography; Index of Subjects, Names, and Places.
Summary The patronage of dowsers by mining administrations through the eighteenth century challenges common assumptions about the Enlightenment. Rather than decline in importance like alchemy and astrology, dowsing transformed from a study of mineral vapors into an experimental branch of geophysics.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9789004188716 (electronic bk.)
9004188711 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 688467292
Additional Format Print version: Dym, Warren Alexander. Divining science. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010 9789004186422 (DLC) 2010028528 (OCoLC)614315202

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