Beeckman was a savant with a wide range of scientific interests, and his influence on the younger man was considerable.
Both he and his older sister Maria Anna ‘Nannerl’ Mozart were child prodigies, but the world had never seen a musical savant like Wolfgang.
The episode shows how late-17th century savants were unanimous in their choice of Boyle and Newton as the two great icons of early-modern science.
It is not enough for a few savants to be privy to esoteric mathematical knowledge for that knowledge to be influential in a wider culture.
The very genre of the scientific autobiography is a 19 th-century invention: we learn about the lives of 18 th-century savants from eulogies, not confessions.
Maier is among an estimated 50 people in the world recognized as prodigious savants whose abilities are as remarkable as their limitations.
Mersenne both kept in touch with savants all over Europe, and seems to have had a clear vision himself of what a new philosophy must consist in.
Inscriptions in both French and Latin were composed by the Petite Academie, a committee of savants that advised the Batiments du Roi on matters of allegory and erudition.
Gigerenzer seems to think that considered debate between these savants would permit a slower but better guided development of scientific psychology.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, did not the savants declare that the only difference between the physical and chemical forces consists of the special rates of vibration of the etheric particles?