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Too much to know : managing scholarly information before the modern age

Author: Ann Blair
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The flood of information brought to us by advancing technology is often accompanied by a distressing sense of 'information overload', yet this experience is not unique to modern times. In fact, says Ann Blair in this intriguing book, the invention of the printing press and the ensuing abundance of books provoked sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European scholars to register complaints very similar to our own. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Blair
ISBN: 9780300165395 0300165390 9780300112511 0300112513
OCLC Number: 601347978
Description: xv, 397 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Information management in comparative perspective --
Note-taking as information management --
Reference genres and their finding devices --
Compilers, their motivations and methods --
The impact of early printed reference books.
Responsibility: Ann M. Blair.

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Examines methods of information management in ancient and medieval Europe as well as the Islamic world and China, focusing on the organization, composition, and reception of Latin reference books in  Read more...

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