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The Many Books of Nature: Renaissance Naturalists and Information Overload.

The Many Books of Nature: Renaissance Naturalists and Information Overload

B. W. Ogilvie. 2003. Journal of the history of ideas 64:29-40.

"Ogilvie traces changes in the representation of information about the botanical world during the early modern period, arguing that during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, botanical scholars progressively rejected scholastic methods in favor of an empirical 'science of describing' .... between 1550 and 1620,... scholars unloosed a 'flood' of botanical information in 'dozens of specialist publications containing hundreds of new plant descriptions.' By a paradoxical twist, this shift toward empirical study and data collection produced a new problem, that of comprehending and managing the swelling sea of scientific information itself."

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Title Annotation:Information Management
Author:Malone, Edward A.
Publication:Technical Communication
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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