Encyclopaedic Visions: Scientific Dictionaries and Enlightenment Culture

Encyclopaedic Visions: Scientific Dictionaries and Enlightenment Culture

by Richard Yeo, Richard R. Yeo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521651913

ISBN-13: 9780521651912

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The eighteenth-century English dictionaries of arts and sciences claimed to contain all knowledge that a person of education should possess. Richard Yeo places these scientific dictionaries in a rich cultural framework of debate that includes the classification of knowledge, the tradition of commonplaces, the Republic of Letters, the Enlightenment public sphere,

Overview

The eighteenth-century English dictionaries of arts and sciences claimed to contain all knowledge that a person of education should possess. Richard Yeo places these scientific dictionaries in a rich cultural framework of debate that includes the classification of knowledge, the tradition of commonplaces, the Republic of Letters, the Enlightenment public sphere, copyright issues, and the specialization of science. He examines assumptions about the organization, communication, and control of knowledge in these works. Elegantly illustrated and clearly written, Encyclopaedic Visions provides a major contribution to Enlightenment studies, the history of science, and the history of ideas in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521651912
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the encyclopaedic tradition; Part I: 1. Encyclopaedias in the Republic of Letters; 2. Scientific dictionaries and 'compleat' knowledge; 3. Containing knowledge; Part II: 4. From commonplace books to encyclopaedias; 5. 'The best book in the universe': Ephraim Chambers' Cyclopaedia; 6. Communicating the arts and sciences; 7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Scottish Enlightenment; Part III: 8. Copyright and public knowledge; 9. Why dedicate an encyclopaedia to a king?; 10. Editors and experts; Conclusion.

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