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17th Century Forestry

  1. 1. Quantification in 17th Century Forestry Simon Gooding-Townsend McMaster University, 4UU3 November 30th, 2010
  2. 2. John Evelyn and Sylva • Evelyn, 1620-1706 English gentleman Secretary and founding member of Royal Society • Sylva, 1664 Four editions First book printed by Royal Society
  3. 3. 1669 French Forest Ordinance • Colbert, 1619-1683 French Finance minister • Louis XIV, rex 1643-1715 • Ordinance Took 8 years to plan and implement Not very many photos available
  4. 4. Charles II Louis XIV
  5. 5. The Navy
  6. 6. Analysis • What elements do the texts quantify? • What are the differences between the texts? • How does this quantification compare to contemporary quantification?
  7. 7. Sylva • “In other places, the cord is four feet in height; and four feet over; or, to speak more geometrically, a solid made up of three dimensions, four feet high, four feet broad, and eight feet long; the content one hundred and twenty-eight cubic feet.” • “But by none, in my apprehension, set forth in a more facile and accurate way, than what that industrious mathematician, Mr. Leybourn, has published, in his late Line of Proportion made Easy, and others his labours.”
  8. 8. French Forest Ordinance • If there be found any encroachment or extension beyond the pieds corniers, the merchant shall be condemned to pay fourfold the rate of the highest sum of his bidding, in case that the wood cut by him shall be of the same kind of tree as that of the purchase; and if it be of a better kind, quality, or age, he shall be bound to pay that penalty, and to make restitution au pieds le tour. (XVI.9)
  9. 9. • For example, this does not consider : 1. Quantification in husbandry directions 2. Quantification of time, either seasonal or years 3. Enumeration of the number of individuals who filled certain roles 4. The use of lists 5. The use of numerals
  10. 10. I am obliged to include another image of Porter’s book because we have not seen enough of it this semester
  11. 11. Apologies for the Crosby image. I know that you do not want to think about the course material anymore.
  12. 12. Apologies for the Crosby image. I know that you do not want to think about the course material anymore.
  13. 13. Apologies for the Crosby image. I know that you do not want to think about the course material anymore.
  14. 14. Image Credits • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRnl_nGrI31OlBlERQX5_ObhofHzfNC_QHRzKtDGkLt0K33hUzx • http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRYYyp1S-IvRdsIgOSRgESg2d_0BUTaIIkRxIfdu2d9r1gN-I6E • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3177/3114921007_a86304e772_o.jpg • http://sylva.org.uk/images/John_Evelyn_portrait_000.jpg • http://fr.academic.ru/pictures/frwiki/76/Lefebvre_-_Jean-Baptiste_Colbert.jpg • http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS1CxkpUKmgoB9QmXzTbh-KOcjcBM-Itxu4-LbdCMoM_Lgon5mU • http://www.learnnc.org/lp/media/uploads/2008/02/charles_ii_of_england.jpg • http://image59.webshots.com/159/0/13/72/2876013720056818949XFSNoc_fs.jpg • http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2008/02/04/rain-forests-disappearing-fast_5965.jpg • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR3tkEWkR5zk6Ny0QS9Ld_w68MxqoPctFedLLVqVN-mLna5KEJA • http://clg-cordelet-72.ac-nantes.fr/Images/maths4.JPG • http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ8VMvU1AvVUKxFkQ-OUGvoILs8Me9zmmzXYBpankFIoybh9yUa • http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQeTa0trF6BmpoFonB8NmeDjM-VzywN0cfUs2UzLOkEioUF3Ndn • http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTb_Z0AHCH_qRjgopQ4sBrQerTxD8sDnS4n1o8hCalR6-_ccYBo9A