Sloane was Secretary and, from 1727, President of the Royal Society, placing him at the heart of the interchange of scientific knowledge in Early Enlightenment London. Roy Porter’s ground breaking work (2001) gives a thorough account of this period and Britain’s role. Evans (2006) focusses on the importance of societies’ curiosity in this period, something which was mirrored in Sloane’s own collection.
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