By Margret Schuchard
Bernhard Varenius' books inspired the historical past of technological know-how in this sort of approach that Isaac Newton, Alexander von Humboldt and Tsar Peter the nice all observed him. Varenius wrote the 1st finished description of Japan (Descriptio regni Japoniae, 1649) from a ecu point of view, solely in keeping with a range of assets. however the influence of his Geographia generalis (1650) explains his score one of the founding fathers of geography as a technology. He referred to as 'general' geography a department of (applied) arithmetic which doesn't care for neighborhood specifics. The contributions during this e-book concentrate on his multi-faceted paintings, the effect of his books and the tragically brief lifetime of this younger polymath from Germany who benefited from the intellectually stimulating milieu of Leiden and Amsterdam. individuals comprise: Horst Walter Blanke, Reinhard Duchting, Klaus Lehmann, Robert Mayhew, Sandra Rebok, Folker Reichert, Frank Richter, Margret Schuchard, Denis J.B. Shaw, Ulrich Staffhorst, Johann Anselm Steiger, Rienk H. Vermij, and Ernst-Christian Volkmann.
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Extra info for Bernhard Varenius (1622-1650)
When he chose to study in Holland, he did so because intellectual pursuits, the family legacy, were given Àrst priority; but as it turned out, without the familial network there was no way for him to support himself in Holland. Theological Concerns Although Varenius was born into a family of theologians and renowned academics, he departed from this tradition. Yet this is not to say that even where he tackled scientific problems in his chosen subjects, 15 For his education in Uelzen, Helmstedt and Hamburg see Lehmann below.
August Varenius was obviously proud of his earlier disputation of 28 March 1648. The young professor of the Hebrew language at Rostock lost no time in sending it to Duke August on 8 April 1648 with a long covering letter in Latin,14 reminding him of the time when the young Duke was rector of Rostock University in 1594. Varenius dedicated his work to Duke August in memory of his maternal grandfather Johannes Freder, his father and his own childhood; this explicit reference to his childhood in Hitzacker may be an allusion not only to the Duke in his role as godfather but perhaps he had received favours in the past.
6 He declined a call to Helmstedt, the very university where later his great-grandsons Varenius would be matriculated. Among David Chytraeus’ most important students was the younger Johannes Freder, who was his friend’s son, and he educated him in his own house. Freder eventually became his successor, and also his son-in-law, when he married his daughter Margareta in 1573. Freder accompanied Chytraeus on his many travels. In the year before his marriage into the Chytraeus family he became a professor at Rostock University, where he then served as rector several times and edited the papers of his father-in-law.
Bernhard Varenius (1622-1650) by Margret Schuchard