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New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery,

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On encountering what he called the Indies, the Jesuit Jose de Acosta wrote, Having read what poets and philosophers write of the Torrid Zone, I persuaded myself that when I came to the Equator, I would not be able to endure the violent heat, but it turned out to be otherwise... What could I do then but laugh at Aristotle's Meteorology and his philosophy? Acosta's experience echoes that of his fellow travellers to the New World, and it is this experience, with its profound effect on Western culture, that Anthony Grafton ...

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New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery,
1992, Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674618756

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