Early American Scientific and Technical Literature: An Annotated Bibliography of Books, Pamphlets, and Broadsides

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Selected a Best Bibliography in History for 1991, ALA's RASD It is usually accepted that the contributions of early American science were relatively modest compared with the work of European scientists. Yet the volume of material produced by early American scientific and technical writers is surprisingly large. Limiting her study to books, pamphlets and broadsides, the author has found over 800 works that fall into the broad category of early American scientific and technical literature. This bibliography lists those scientific and technical books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in the US between 1665 and 1799. Entries have been taken from a variety of sources.

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Editorial Reviews

... a useful research tool...
— H. Lowood
Rq Marion S. Muskiewicz
... will be most useful.... no other title with the scope of this one.... recommended...
American Reference Books Annual
... useful to researchers in the history of science and in early American history.
CHOICE - H. Lowood
... a useful research tool...
The Technical Writing Teacher Joseph F. Ceccio
The annotations are uniformly concise, specific, and clear.... succeeds in placing works in their logical categories.... The two indexes are indispensable and well done.... both an interesting work in itself and a useful research tool.
An annotated bibliography of books, pamphlets, and broadsides--some 800 works published in the US between 1665 and 1799, arranged in three sections on medicine, technical science, and physical and natural science. Batschelet teaches technical writing at U. of Texas, San Antonio, and has authored or co-authored technical writing texts and articles on collaborative writing and early American science writing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810823181
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Batschelet is assistant professor of English, specializing in technical writing, at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She is co-author of Writing for the Technical Professions and The Technical Writing Casebook and has published articles on collaborative writing and early American science writing.

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