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The birth of scientific reading

Johns, Adrian (2001) The birth of scientific reading. Nature, 409 (6818). p. 287. ISSN 0028-0836.

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There is a persistent myth about the origin of science. It goes like this: the Scientific Revolution happened when men such as Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton freed themselves from the medieval fixation with words and instead looked directly at things. It is a simple and powerful story that has been much repeated. But it is also quite wrong. Far from emerging from a rejection of words, in fact science originated partly from a need to master as many of them as possible.

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Official Citation:The birth of scientific reading p287 The social structures of science were invented to cope with an explosion of printed information. Adrian Johns doi:10.1038/35053242
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