Science in Print: Essays on the History of Science and the Culture of Print

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Ever since the threads of seventeenth-century natural philosophy began to coalesce into an understanding of the natural world, printed artifacts such as laboratory notebooks, research journals, college textbooks, and popular paperbacks have been instrumental to the development of what we think of today as “science.” But just as the history of science involves more than recording discoveries, so too does the study of print culture extend beyond the mere cataloguing of books. In both disciplines, researchers ...

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Overview

Ever since the threads of seventeenth-century natural philosophy began to coalesce into an understanding of the natural world, printed artifacts such as laboratory notebooks, research journals, college textbooks, and popular paperbacks have been instrumental to the development of what we think of today as “science.” But just as the history of science involves more than recording discoveries, so too does the study of print culture extend beyond the mere cataloguing of books. In both disciplines, researchers attempt to comprehend how social structures of power, reputation, and meaning permeate both the written record and the intellectual scaffolding through which scientific debate takes place.
    Science in Print brings together scholars from the fields of print culture, environmental history, science and technology studies, medical history, and library and information studies. This ambitious volume paints a rich picture of those tools and techniques of printing, publishing, and reading that shaped the ideas and practices that grew into modern science, from the days of the Royal Society of London in the late 1600s to the beginning of the modern U.S. environmental movement in the early 1960s.

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“An invigorating display of the assets that a consideration of print culture can bring. Provides vivid, realistic, and provocative readings of scientific concepts and actors that are otherwise difficult to come by.”—Katherine Pandora, University of Oklahoma

“A valuable and useful contribution to a significantly underexplored field.”—Jonathan Topham, co-editor of Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media

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Meet the Author

Rima D. Apple is professor emerita of interdisciplinary studies in human ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is author of Mothers and Medicine: A Social History of Infant Feeding, 1890–1950. Gregory J. Downey is professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Library and Information Studies at University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is author of Closed Captioning: Subtitling, Stenography, and the Digital Convergence of Text with Television. Stephen L. Vaughn is professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW–Madison and editor of the Encyclopedia of American Journalism.

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Table of Contents

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Foreword

    James Secord

Introduction

    Stephen L. Vaughn, Rima D. Apple, and Gregory J. Downey

 

I. Natural Philosophy and Mathematics in Print

1 Creating Standards of Accuracy: Faithorne's The Art of Graveing and the Royal Society

    Meghan Doherty

2 "Perspicuity and Neatness of Expression": Algebra Textbooks in the Early American Republic

    Robin Rider

 

II. The Circulation of Scientific Knowledge in Print

3 Voyaging and the Scientific Expedition Report, 1800–1940

    Lynn K. Nyhart

4 Crossing Borders: The Smithsonian Institution and the Diffusion of Scientific Information Between the United States and Canada in the Nineteenth Century

    Bertrum H. MacDonald

5 Writing Medicine: George M. Gould and Medical Print Culture in Progressive America

    Jennifer J. Connor

 

III. Science Education and Health Activism in Print

6 Evolution in Children's Science Books, 1882–1922

    Kate McDowell

7 "Through Books to Nature": Texts and Objects in Nature Study Curricula

    Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

8 Basic 7, Basic 4, Mary Mutton, and a Pyramid: The Ideology of Meat in Print Culture

    Rima D. Apple

9 What Two Books Can (and Cannot) Do: Stewart Udall's The Quiet Crisis and its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition

    Cheryl Knott

 

Note on Sources

    Florence C. Hsia

Contributors

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