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      NB ‘Beeckman at Gresham College in 1668 — An Alternative ‘As If’ Scenario’. Chapter in a book on Beeckman and Descartes, edited by Klaas van Berkel and Arjan van  Dixhoorn.
  • on the emergence of the modern world