Article ID: CBB001321215

Bibliography Is Social: Organizing Knowledge in the Isis Bibliography from Sarton to the Early Twenty-First Century (2013)


Weldon, Stephen P. (Author)

Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Volume: 104
Pages: 540--550

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Part of the focus section: “Ordering the Discipline: Classification in the History of Science”
Language: English

This essay explores various ways in which bibliographies have exhibited sociality. Bibliographies are both products of the social contexts that have created them and engines of social interaction in scholarly communities. By tracing the history of the Isis Bibliography, the longest-running and most comprehensive bibliography in its field, this essay explains how different Isis classification systems have been tied to major twentieth-century cataloging efforts. By looking at classification, the essay also attends to the ways in which aspects of the Isis Bibliography in different decades have reflected social mores of their period. Finally, it demonstrates how critical the Isis Bibliography was in the formation of the discipline of history of science and goes on to discuss how that disciplinary connection is evolving in the twenty-first century. By thinking of the bibliography as a network of scholars, not just scholarly works, the essay asks us to reflect on the nature and purpose of bibliography in the digital age.

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Authors & Contributors
Weldon, Stephen P.
Benedictus, Fedde
Pyenson, Lewis R.
Verbruggen, Christophe
Alfonso-Goldfarb, Ana Maria
Allen, Colin
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
History of science, as a discipline
Historians of science, modern
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Classification of knowledge
Sarton, George
Bocks, Paul
Butterfield, Herbert
Gillispie, Charles Coulston
Kuhn, Thomas S.
La Fontaine, Henri
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
History of Science Society
Annales school
Science History Institute (SHI)

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