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  • Moon Shot: From Renaissance Imagination to Modern Reality

    Mari-Tere Álvarez

    Chapter from the book: Black C. & Álvarez M. 2019. Renaissance Futurities: Science, Art, Invention.


    Human beings have always had a penchant for that which seems beyond our reach. Perhaps not surprisingly, the motto for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500–1558) was Plus Ultra, “further beyond,” that is, going beyond the known reaches of Europe into the unknown, the future. This period was marked by individuals who saw beyond known boundaries and were seeking to create future worlds, whether it was Columbus’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe or Francis Bacon’s new utopian society. Writers and cartographers would make imagined futures visible to the early modern reader. This chapter, written by Mari-Tere Álvarez, looks at the futurists of the early modern period who first gazed into the night sky and began to dream of new possibilities.

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    Álvarez, M. 2019. Moon Shot: From Renaissance Imagination to Modern Reality. In: Black C. & Álvarez M (eds.), Renaissance Futurities. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.79.b

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    Published on Oct. 15, 2019