The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour (Paperback)
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The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 15/05/2007
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The scientific article has been a hallmark of the career of every important Western scientist since the seventeenth century. Yet its role in the history of science has not been fully explored. Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross remedy this oversight with "The Scientific Literature", a collection of writings - excerpts from scientific articles, letters, memoirs, proceedings, transactions, and magazines - that illustrates the origin of the scientific article in 1665 and its evolution over the next three and a half centuries. Featuring articles - as well as sixty tables and illustrations, tools vital to scientific communication - that represent the broad sweep of modern science, "The Scientific Literature" is a historical tour through both the rhetorical strategies that scientists employ to share their discoveries and the methods that scientists use to argue claims of new knowledge. Commentaries that explain each excerpt's scientific and historical context and analyze its communication strategy accompany each entry. A unique anthology, "The Scientific Literature" will allow both the scholar and the general reader to experience firsthand the development of modern science.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226316567
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 464 g
Dimensions: 227 x 151 x 19 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"There are now many historical and sociological studies of scientific communication. Joseph Harmon and Alan Gross's book, "The Scientific Literature," is something different neither a research monograph on the history of scientific writing nor a straightforward compilation of excerpts. . . It includes about 125 examples of scientific writing taken from papers, books, reviews and Nobel speeches, and covers materials from the seventeenth century up to the announcement of the rough draft of the human genome in 2001....These scientific snippets are embedded in strands of editorial commentary describing, highlighting and interpreting. The tone is genial: the 'guided tour' doesn't threaten arduous intellectual adventure.Rhetorical terms are explained, scientific authors are identified, and pertinent scientific contexts are introduced."
--Steven Shapin"Nature" (08/16/2007)"
"In the introduction to this anthology, editors Joseph Harmon and Alan Gross describe the work as a sort of' 'Michelin Guide' to the development of the scientific article over the past four centuries. Their description is apt in that, like most guide books, "The Scientific Literature" offers highlights, interesting anecdotes, and recommendations rather than presenting its readers with much in the way of actual examples. (Alas, it does not offer a ratings system.) As befits a volume that grew out of an exhibition at the libraries of the University of Chicago, significant attention is devoted to such visual elements as tables, equations, and illustrations that have accompanied scientific texts since the scientific journal s birth in the 17th century. Although the selections are somewhat idiosyncratic and the excerpts all too brief, the editors excellent sense of the telling detail make this volume a pleasure to dip into or to read from cover to cover."
--Audra Wolfe "Chemical Heritage ""

"There are now many historical and sociological studies of scientific communication. Joseph Harmon and Alan Gross's book, The Scientific Literature, is something different--neither a research monograph on the history of scientific writing nor a straightforward compilation of excerpts. . . It includes about 125 examples of scientific writing taken from papers, books, reviews and Nobel speeches, and covers materials from the seventeenth century up to the announcement of the rough draft of the human genome in 2001....These scientific snippets are embedded in strands of editorial commentary describing, highlighting and interpreting. The tone is genial: the 'guided tour' doesn't threaten arduous intellectual adventure. Rhetorical terms are explained, scientific authors are identified, and pertinent scientific contexts are introduced."

--Steven Shapin"Nature" (08/16/2007)

"In the introduction to this anthology, editors Joseph Harmon and Alan Gross describe the work as a sort of' 'Michelin Guide' to the development of the scientific article over the past four centuries. Their description is apt in that, like most guide books, The Scientific Literature offers highlights, interesting anecdotes, and recommendations rather than presenting its readers with much in the way of actual examples. (Alas, it does not offer a ratings system.) As befits a volume that grew out of an exhibition at the libraries of the University of Chicago, significant attention is devoted to such visual elements as tables, equations, and illustrations that have accompanied scientific texts since the scientific journal's birth in the 17th century. Although the selections are somewhat idiosyncratic and the excerpts all too brief, the editors' excellent sense of the telling detail make this volume a pleasure to dip into or to read from cover to cover."

--Audra Wolfe "Chemical Heritage "

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