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Scientific Babel free pdf English is the language of science today. No matter which languages you know, if you want your work seen, studied, and cited, you need to publish in English. But that hasn t always been the case. Though there was a time when Latin dominated the field, for centuries science has been a polyglot enterprise, conducted in a number of languages whose importance waxed and waned over timeuntil the rise of English in the twentieth century. So how did we get from there to here? How did French, German, Latin, Russian, and even Esperanto give way to English? And what can we reconstruct of the experience of doing science in the polyglot past? With "Scientific Babel," Michael D. Gordin resurrects that lost world, in part through an ingenious mechanism: the pages of his highly readable narrative account teem with footnotesnot offering background information, but presenting quoted material in its original language. The result is stunning: as we read about the rise and fall of languages, driven by politics, war, economics, and institutions, we actually "see" it happen in the ever-changing web of multilingual examples. The history of science, and of English as its dominant language, comes to life, and brings with it a new understanding not only of the frictions generated by a scientific community that spoke in many often mutually unintelligible voices, but also of the possibilities of the polyglot, and the losses that the dominance of English entails. Few historians of science write as well as Gordin, and "Scientific Babel" reveals his incredible command of the literature, language, and intellectual essence of science past and present. No reader who takes this linguistic journey with him will be disappointed."

About Michael D Gordin

Michael D. Gordin is the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University and the author of "The Pseudoscience Wars," also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Author : Michael D Gordin
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Data Published : 13 April 2015
ISBN : 022600029X
EAN : 9780226000299
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 424 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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