De Renzi, Silvia
(2000). Writing and talking of exotic animals.
In: Frasca-Spada, Marina and Jardine, Nick eds.
Books and the Sciences in History.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 151–170.
About the book:
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, by an international cast of distinguished scholars, cover the period from the Carolingian renaissance of learning to the mid nineteenth-century consolidation of science. They examine all aspects of the authorship, production, distribution, and reception of manuscripts, books and journals in the various sciences. An editorial introduction surveys the many profitable interactions of the history of the sciences with the history of books. Two afterwords highlight the relevances of this wide-ranging survey to the study of the development of scientific disciplines and to the current predicaments of scientific communication in the electronic age.
This is the first comprehensive collection of historical essays on the subject in the rapidly-expanding field of science in relation to the book. All the essays are very readable and are nearly all attractively illustrated with a range of unusual subjects. Offers a useful introduction to an important interdisciplinary field of study
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