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By Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann (auth.), Karine Chemla (eds.)

This e-book explores the speculation that the kinds of inscription or textual content utilized by a given group of practitioners are designed within the exact same method because the one generating innovations and effects. The ebook units out to teach how, in precisely a similar means as for the opposite results of clinical task, all types of things, cognitive in addition to cultural, technological, social or institutional, conjoin in shaping many of the different types of writings and texts utilized by the practitioners of the sciences. To make this element, the booklet opts for a really multicultural method of the texts produced within the context of practices of information. it's predicated at the conviction that, for you to strategy any subject within the historical past of technological know-how from a theoretical viewpoint, it can be fruitful to think about it from a world viewpoint. The booklet therefore doesn't in simple terms assemble papers facing geometrical papyri of antiquity, 16th century French books in algebra, 17th century medical manuscripts and work, eighteenth and 19th century memoirs released by way of eu academies or medical journals, and Western Opera Omnia. It additionally considers the issues of interpretation with regards to analyzing Babylonian clay pills, Sanskrit oral scriptures and chinese language books and illustrations. therefore it permits the reader to discover the range of varieties which texts have taken in historical past and the wide variety of makes use of they've got encouraged.

This quantity should be of curiosity to historians, philosophers of technological know-how, linguists and anthropologists

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