Technica Curiosa

Technica Curiosa was an early compendium of scientific and medical technologies. It was one part of a two-volume work, the other being Physica Curiosa, authored by the Jesuit scholar Gaspar Schott and published in 1664 during the early stages of the Scientific revolution.[1][2][3] Schott was an attentive spectator at the demonstrations of Otto von Guericke's vacuum pump and subsequently began extensive experiments and studies on his own. He established a fruitful correspondence with von Guericke and published the earliest account on von Guericke's experiments on air pressure and the vacuum in 1657, titled Experimentum Novum Magdeburgicum as an appendix of his Mechanica Hydraulico-pneumatica. With von Guericke as co-author, he published a reviewed and more detailed account in the Technica Curiosa.[4][5][6] The work ranks among the early popular science publications and did much to inspire widespread interest in the sciences.[7]

In 2017 an online platform, that serves as host for several American science magazines for a modern audience has been titled Technica Curiosa. The site incorporates the popular magazines Popular Astronomy, Popular Electronics, and Mechanix Illustrated, among others.[7]


  1. ^ Kaspar Schott. "Physica curiosa Vorwort an den Leser" (PDF). Deutsche Provinz der Jesuiten. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  2. ^ Gaspar Schott. "Technica curiosa, sive mirabilia artis, libris XII comprehensa. Nuremberg: Johann Andreas Endter, 1664". Christie's. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  3. ^ Gaspar Schott (1677). Physica curiosa. Sumptibus J.A. Endteri & Wolfgangi jun. haeredum, excudebat J. Hertz.
  4. ^ Gerhard Wiesenfeldt. "Experimente im politischen Raum" (PDF). Physik Journal. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  5. ^ Thomas E. Conlon, Hans-Joachim Vollrath. "The Correspondence of Caspar Schott". Early Modern Letters Online. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  6. ^ Gaspar Schott. "Curious Technology". University Libraries. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Technica Curiosa". John August Media, LLC. Retrieved August 25, 2020.