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Science in Print: Essays on the History of Science and the Culture of Print
edited by Rima D. Apple, Gregory J. Downey and Stephen L. Vaughn
foreword by James A. Secord
University of Wisconsin Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-299-28613-2 | Paper: 978-0-299-28614-9
Library of Congress Classification Z286.S4S35 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 070.57


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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