Book ID: CBB315998866

The Ark of Studies (2018)


Harrison, Thomas (Author)
Cevolini, Alberto (Editor)

Brepols Publishers
Publication date: 2018
Language: English

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 142

Knowledge management and production is performed today by means of search engines. This implies the use of machines as external memories. For sure, computer is the most successful device. However, it is neither the first nor the only one. Indeed, the use of secondary memories is an essential feature of modern age, and involves archives and filing cabinets too. The present book is the first critical edition of the manuscript in which Thomas Harrison sketched an extraordinary invention: the Ark of Studies (ca. 1640). The Ark of Studies is the first filing cabinet based on alphabetically arranged removable entries that has been designed for scholarly purposes in the 17th Century. Regarding its structure and function, this filing cabinet may be regarded as the most relevant scholarly machine in the modern age before the invention of the Web. The introductory essay tries to explain how it was possible that a high improbable deviation -that is, to entrust memorable knowledge to a machine rather than to consciousness, out of which it could be retrieved only by means of a combinatory art- became normal.

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Review Richard Yeo (2020) Review of "The Ark of Studies". Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (pp. 295-304). unapi

Review Barbara J. Shapiro (2020) Review of "The Ark of Studies". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 170-171). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Yeo, Richard R.
Jorgensena, Larry M.
Williams, Grant
Beecher, Donald A.
Fallan, Kjetil
Gatti, Hilary
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Environment and History
European Journal of Cultural Studies
History of Science
Yale University
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
University of Chicago Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Senses and sensation; perception
Technology and culture
Philosophy of science
Descartes, René
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Bruno, Giordano
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Boyle, Robert
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
15th century
20th century
Great Britain
Soviet Union

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