Authors and printers together created the New Book of Nature—the printed literature of science—in early modern Europe. Careful attention has been given in recent years to the development of literary and rhetorical techniques in science. This article proposes that these developments were linked to printing technology and the typographic culture that produced the early printed book of science. We focus on several cases in which the roles of author and printer-publisher were joined and thereby highlight connections between knowledge production and reproduction during the Scientific Revolution. Examples include Regiomontanus, Tycho Brake, Galileo, William Leybourn, Joseph Moxon, and the collective practices and privileges of the Royal Society of London and the Paris Academy of Sciences.
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March 02 1994
Literary Technology and Typographic Culture: The Instrument of Print in Early Modern Science
Henry E. Lowood
Robin E. Rider
Online Issn: 1530-9274
Print Issn: 1063-6145
©1994 The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
Perspectives on Science (1994) 2 (1): 1–37.
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Henry E. Lowood, Robin E. Rider; Literary Technology and Typographic Culture: The Instrument of Print in Early Modern Science. Perspectives on Science 1994; 2 (1): 1–37. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/posc_a_00451
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