Scientific Babel

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From ancient Roman poetry to attempts to communicate with extra-terrestrials, Professor Gordin traces the history of ‘the set of languages by means of which scientific knowledge has been produced and communicated’. He shows not only the progression from languages as varied as the nationalities of scientists to the present ‘monoglot international community’ of scientists communicating in English, but also how the dominance of English was never a foregone conclusion.

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Scientific Babel

Scientific Babel

The Language of Science from the Fall of Latin to the Rise of English

Hardback426pp

9781781251140     Product Code: 226704

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From ancient Roman poetry to attempts to communicate with extra-terrestrials, Professor Gordin traces the history of ‘the set of languages by means of which scientific knowledge has been produced and communicated’. He shows not only the progression from languages as varied as the nationalities of scientists to the present ‘monoglot international community’ of scientists communicating in English, but also how the dominance of English was never a foregone conclusion.

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