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History of Science, History of Text: An Introduction; Karine Chemla Part I. What Is A Text?
Spatial Organization of Ancient Chinese Texts (Preliminary Remarks); Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann Part II. The Constitution Of Scientific Texts: From Draft To Opera Omnia
Leibniz and the Use of Manuscripts: Text as Process; Eberhard Knobloch
Opera Omnia: The Production of Cultural Authority; Michael Cahn
Writing Works: A Reaction to Michael Cahn’s Paper; Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
Part III. How Scientific And Technical Texts Adhere To Local Cultures
Text, Representation and Technique in Early Modern China; Craig Clunas
The Algebraic Art of Discourse Algebraic Dispositio, Invention
and Imitation in Sixteenth-Century France; Giovanna C. Cifoletti
Ancient Sanskrit Mathematics: An Oral Tradition and a Written Literature; Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat
Part IV. Reading Texts
The Limits of Text in Greek Mathematics; Reviel Netz
Reading Strasbourg 368: A Thrice-Told Tale; Jim Ritter What is the Content of this Book? A Plea for Developing History of Science and History of Text Conjointly; Karine Chemla Epilogue Knowledge and its Artifacts; David R. Olson Subject Index
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edited by Karine Chemla
two main (interacting) ways. They constitute that with which exploration into problems or questions is carried out. But they also constitute that which is exchanged between scholars or, in other terms, that which is shaped by one (or by some) for use by others. In these various dimensions, texts obviously depend on the means and technologies available for producing, reproducing, using and organizing writings. In this regard, the contribution of a history of text is essential in helping us approach the various historical contexts from which our sources originate. However, there is more to it. While shaping texts as texts, the practitioners of the sciences may create new textual resources that intimately relate to the research carried on. One may think, for instance, of the process of introduction of formulas in mathematical texts. This aspect opens up a wholerangeofextremelyinterestingquestionstowhichwewillreturnatalaterpoint.But practitioners of the sciences also rely on texts produced by themselves or others, which they bring into play in various ways. More generally, they make use of textual resources of every kind that is available to them, reshaping them, restricting, or enlarging them. Among these, one can think of ways of naming, syntax of statements or grammatical analysis, literary techniques, modes of shaping texts or parts of text, genres of text and so on.Inthissense, thepractitionersdependon, anddrawon, the“textualcultures”available to the social and professional groups to which they belong.
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