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Technicians of print and the making of natural knowledge

Topham, Jonathan R. (2004) Technicians of print and the making of natural knowledge. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 35 (2). pp. 391-400. ISSN 0039-3681

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When this invaluable account of ‘one of the most successful of all publishers and printers of nineteenth- and twentieth-century science’ was first issued in 1984, it began with a survey of the underdeveloped literature on the history of scientific periodicals, and more generally of science publishing. A decade and a half later, in this considerably expanded second edition— issued to celebrate the bicentenary of the launch of the Philosophical Magazine in 1798—the authors had only a couple of extra titles to add. Since then, a number of important works have addressed this theme, but the field remains wide open.1 Most of the key technicians of print—the publishers, printers, and engravers—who were responsible for the production of scientific books in nineteenth-century Britain are still unknown. Neither has serious attention been devoted to the manner in which such technicians interacted with men of science on a day-to-day basis, or to the impact of their craft skills or trade practices on the development of science. My object in this brief account is to use the example of Richard Taylor, as represented by Brock and Meadows’ pioneering study, to review some of these important issues.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.'
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds) > Division of the History and Philosophy of Science (Leeds)
Depositing User: Jonathan R Topham
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 05:03
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2004.03.005
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: No
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2004.03.005
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1633

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