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A long history of breakdowns: A historiographical review
It is argued that network breakdowns play an important and unacknowledged role in the shaping and emergence of scientific knowledge and the strength of institutions and macro-networks often relies on ideological regimes of standardization and instrumentation that can flexibly replace elements and individuals at will.
States of secrecy: an introduction
Abstract This introductory article provides an overview of the historiography of scientific secrecy from J.D. Bernal and Robert Merton to this day. It reviews how historians and sociologists of
Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age
Entrepreneurial science is not new; business interests have strongly influenced science since the Scientific Revolution. In Commercial Visions, Daniel Margocsy illustrates that product marketing,
The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions
The current work provides bibliographic information, a worldwide census, ownership records, and a description of the annotations in all the copies of Vesalius’ Fabrica . It reconstructs the travels
Advertising cadavers in the republic of letters: anatomical publications in the early modern Netherlands
  • Dániel Margócsy
  • History
    The British Journal for the History of Science
  • 9 September 2008
The ‘advertising’ rhetorics of anatomical publications highlight the potential dangers of equating the growth of print culture with the development of an open system of knowledge exchange.
Vesalius' fabrica: A report on the worldwide census of the 1543 and 1555 editions
This article provides a listing of known copies of the first two folio editions of Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica (1543 and 1555), revising earlier estimates. It shows that the Fabrica
"Refer to folio and number": Encyclopedias, the Exchange of Curiosities, and Practices of Identification before Linnaeus
It is argued that, during the seventeenth century, a new genre of zoological encyclopedias appeared on the scene whose design was particularly well-suited for the purposes of identification, a key practice in long-distance exchanges.
The Fuzzy Metrics of Money: The Finances of Travel and the Reception of Curiosities in Early Modern Europe
Summary This article argues that commerce and the language of finance had an important influence over the interpretation of curiosities in the early modern period. It traces how learned travellers in