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[Revised entry by Philippe Hamou on June 13, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
The Minim friar Marin Mersenne (1588 – 1648) played a central role in French intellectual life of the first half of the seventeenth century. At a time when scientific periodicals were still sorely lacking, he was rightly referred to as “The Secretary of Learned Europe” (“le secretaire de l’Europe savante”, Haureau 1877, p. 177) thanks to his sprawling correspondence, which extended his network across the whole of learned Europe, to his role as translator, editor, disseminator of…

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