Thomas Muffet & The College of Physicians: A Battle for Power

dc.contributor.advisorHayton, Darin
dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Paul J., 1947-
dc.contributor.authorDeAngelo, Christopher A.
dc.date.accessioned2008-11-07T19:26:22Z
dc.date.available2008-11-07T19:26:22Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.description.abstractThomas Muffet, the 16th century English natural philosopher, is best known today for the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet. He apparently wrote it about his daughter. Some people have even suggested that the poem refers to Muffet’s experiments on his daughter with spiders, which led to her being deathly afraid of spiders for the rest of her life. Despite the wide acceptance of these claims, there is no historical evidence to support any of them. Whether or not Muffet had anything to do with the actual writing of the poem, it is undeniably linked to him. He is little more that a footnote in the history books. Muffet’s absence from history demonstrates a shift in the intellectual authority of the time and the rise of the institution. Power shifted from natural philosophers backed by wealthy nobility to natural philosophers backed by an institution.
dc.description.sponsorshipHaverford College. Department of History
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10066/1578
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rights.accessHaverford users only until 2058-01-01, afterwards Open Access.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcshMoffett, Thomas, 1553-1604
dc.subject.lcshRoyal College of Physicians of London
dc.subject.lcshPhysicists -- England -- 16th century -- Biography
dc.titleThomas Muffet & The College of Physicians: A Battle for Power
dc.typeThesis
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