Author: Tobias Winnerling

Second-hand Science

Mears, William, Auction Catalogue (title page snippet) (1723)           Friday No. 8, November 30th, 2018 The early modern academic book is a used book. Of course new books were printed and put onthe market always and everywhere. But long is art, and life is short, and…

Does this look like an epistemic community to you?

Persons connected by citations and quotes (2018-11-22) Friday No. 7, November 23nd, 2018 I have proposed that the structural forgetting I want to track might be represented by declining reference frequency and the emergence of an intermittent reference pattern. To put it simply, I take becoming structurally forgotten to consist…

What to do with a heap of old manuscripts?

From the letter of the conservatory of the Bibliothèque nationale to the minister of the interior, May 18th, 1798 Friday No. 7, November 16th, 2018 Close your eyes, and imagine that among your worldly possessions there is a heap of old manuscripts inherited from your maternal great-uncle who died almost…

Something like a parable

Friday No. 6, November 9th, 2018 Fairy tale time! Today I will tell you a strange story of a man who survived all revolutions, of how he did so, what this has to do with my topic of structural forgetting, and whether there is a moral at the end of…

One Week with Publications

Friday No. 5, November 2nd, 2018 Last friday I decided that my data model needed a bit more testing than possible by 31 out of 68 JSTOR entries retrieved by searching for “Relandus”. This week therefore was devoted to entering data – and having done that, I can definitely say…