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Loath to Print: The Reluctant Scientific Author 1500-1750
May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Sponsored by The Grolier Club
Dr. Nicole Howard, Professor of History at Eastern Oregon University, will speak on her new book, Loath to Print: The Reluctant Scientific Author 1500-1750 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022). She will explore how, during the early modern era, some scientific authors disliked and distrusted the newly invented printing press, to the point where they avoided publishing their work. Dr. Howard will look at early modern printing technology from the perspective of the natural philosophers and physicians who relied on it to share ideas – it was very important to scientific and medical advances of this era. But scientists also had many justified concerns about publishing their discoveries, including the potential for printers’ errors, the risk of having texts pirated, and – most worrisome – the likelihood that readers were ill-prepared to understand complex new ideas. Such authors developed strategies for controlling, circumventing, or altogether avoiding the broad audiences that print afforded, opening up gaps between those with scientific knowledge and the lay public that still persist today.
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