Books and the Sciences in History

Books and the Sciences in History

by Marina Frasca-Spada
     
 

The history of the sciences and the history of the book are complementary, and there has been much recent innovative research in the intersection of these lively fields. This accessibly-written, well-illustrated volume is the first systematic general work to do justice to the fruits of recent scholarship. The twenty specially-commissioned chapters cover the period… See more details below

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The history of the sciences and the history of the book are complementary, and there has been much recent innovative research in the intersection of these lively fields. This accessibly-written, well-illustrated volume is the first systematic general work to do justice to the fruits of recent scholarship. The twenty specially-commissioned chapters cover the period from the Carolingian renaissance of learning to the mid-nineteenth century consolidation of science, and examine all aspects of the authorship, production, distribution, and reception of manuscripts, books and journals in the various sciences.

Contributors:
Marina Frasca-Spada, Nick Jardine, Rosamond McMtterick, Jerry Brotton, Anthony Grafton, Ann Blair, Sachiko Kusukawa, Adam Mosley, Lauren Kassell, Silvia De Renzi, William Clark, Richard Yeo, Thomas Broman, Mary Terrall, Emma Spary, Aileen Fyfe, Adrian Johns, Jonathan Topham, Eugenia Roldan Vera, Lisa Jardine, Alan Stewart, James Secord

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521659390
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
Introduction: books and the sciences1
ITriumphs of the Book
1Books and sciences before print13
2Printing the world35
3Geniture collections, origins and uses of a genre49
4Annotating and indexing natural philosophy69
5Illustrating nature90
6Astronomical books and courtly communication114
7Reading for the philosophers' stone132
8Writing and talking of exotic animals151
IILearned and Conversable Reading
9Compendious footnotes171
10On the bureaucratic plots of the research library190
11Encyclopaedic knowledge207
12Periodical literature225
13Natural philosophy for fashionable readers239
14Rococo readings of the book of nature255
15Young readers and the sciences276
16The physiology of reading291
IIIPublication in the Age of Science
17A textbook revolution317
18Useful knowledge for export338
19Editing a hero of modern science354
20Progress in print369
Books, texts, and the making of knowledge393
The past, present, and future of the scientific book408
Notes on contributors427
Index432

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