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Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter

Pieces and Parts in Scientific Texts

Editors: Bretelle-Establet, Florence, Schmitt, Stéphane (Eds.)

  • Establishes a new type of bridge between linguistics and the history of science
  • Presents an understanding of what is at stake in the segmentation of scientific texts
  • Identifies the types of textual segments used in scientific writing
  • Includes segmenting rules according to fields of knowledge, time periods, and cultural contexts
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About this book

This book starts from a first general observation: there are very diverse ways to frame and convey scientific knowledge in texts. It then analyzes texts on mathematics, astronomy, medicine and life sciences, produced in various parts of the globe and in different time periods, and examines the reasons behind the segmentation of texts and the consequences of such textual divisions. How can historians and philosophers of science approach this diversity, and what is at stake in dealing with it? The book addresses these questions, adopting a specific approach to do so.


In order to shed light on the diversity of organizational patterns and rhetorical strategies in scientific texts, and to question the rationale behind the choices made to present such texts in one particular way, it focuses on the issue of text segmentation, offering answers to questions such as: What was the meaning of segmenting texts into paragraphs, chapters, sections and clusters? Was segmentation used to delimit self-contained units, or to mark breaks in the physical appearance of a text in order to aid reading and memorizing, or to cope with the constraints of the material supports? How, in these different settings and in different texts, were pieces and parts made visible?

About the authors

Florence Bretelle-Establet is a senior researcher at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris), focusing on the history of medicine in late imperial China. The author of La santé en Chine du Sud, 1898–1928 (2002), she has published articles and book chapters on the history of medicine in the Far South of China and edited several books, notably Looking at It from Asia: The processes that Shaped the Sources of History of Science (2010). Together with Romain Graziani, she has been the chief editor of the journal Extrême-Orient Extrême Occident for ten years.

Stéphane Schmitt is a senior researcher at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris). His work focuses on the history of the life sciences, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries. He has published numerous books and papers on the history of anatomy, embryology, and the sciences of evolution, as well as the history of publications in natural history. He is the main editor of Buffon’s Œuvres complètes (Paris, Champion, 2007–, 10 volumes published to date).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bretelle-Establet, Florence (et al.)

    Pages 3-17

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  • Textual Places: “Parts of Text” and “Stretches of Text”

    Lefebvre, Julie

    Pages 19-46

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  • Segmentation of Texts in Old Babylonian Mathematics

    Proust, Christine

    Pages 49-70

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  • Textual Segmentation in Babylonian Astral Science

    Ossendrijver, Mathieu

    Pages 71-87

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  • Parts in Chinese Mathematical Texts. Interpreting the Chapter Form of The Nine Chapters on Mathematical Procedures

    Chemla, Karine (et al.)

    Pages 91-133

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 105,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-78466-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pieces and Parts in Scientific Texts
Editors
  • Florence Bretelle-Establet
  • Stéphane Schmitt
Series Title
Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78467-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78467-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78466-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 355
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