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What has fifteenth-century England to do with the Renaissance? By challenging accepted notions of 'medieval' and 'early modern' David Rundle proposes a new understanding of English engagement with the Renaissance. He does so by focussing on one central element of the humanist agenda - the reform of the script and of the book more generally - to demonstrate a tradition of engagement from the 1430s into the early sixteenth century. Introducing a cast-list of scribes and collectors who are not only English and Italian but also Scottish, Dutch and German, this study sheds light on the cosmopolitanism central to the success of the humanist agenda. Questioning accepted narratives of the slow spread of the Renaissance from Italy to other parts of Europe, Rundle suggests new possibilities for the fields of manuscript studies and the study of Renaissance humanism.
A lattice Boltzmann technique for modeling Navier–Stokes fluid flow is extended to allow steady-state simulations of glaciers and other slow-flowing solids. The technique is based on a statistical mechanical representation of flowing ice as a set of particles (populations) which translate and collide on a face-centered cubic lattice. The average trajectories of the populations give the velocities of the ice at any point in the glacier. The method has considerable advantages over other techniques, including its ability to handle complex realistic geometries without additional complications to the code Examples are presented for two-dimensional simulations.
When the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, entered London in June 1522, lavish entertainments were arranged to welcome and impress the imperial entourage. One of that number, however, took at least some hours away from the festivities to wander through the bookshops that congregated around St Paul's. The courtier was best known for his parentage: Hernan Colón's father was Christopher Columbus. While the father expanded knowledge of the world, the son wanted to gather learning together in his own book collection; the explorer's offspring was a librarian manqué, using his travels with the emperor to buy up books wherever he went, which he then catalogued time and again. During his brief visit to London, Colón added to his library by purchasing over 200 books. These included volumes from England's earliest printing presses: among them, an Aristotelian commentary by Alexander of Hales printed by Oxford's first printer, Theoderic Rood; two books, including a work of John Fisher's printed the previous year in Cambridge, by John Siberch; at least half a dozen printings for which Wynkyn de Worde was responsible, including Robert Whittington's epigrams; and about double that number from the press of Richard Pynson.
Rood of Cologne, de Worde de ducatu Lothoringie, Siberch of Siegburg and Pynson from Normandy: their names are a reminder that the pioneers of printing in England were primarily foreigners.