Too much to know : managing scholarly information before the modern age / Ann M. Blair.Material type: TextPublisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2010Description: xv, 397 p. : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 9780300165395 (pbk.); 0300165390Subject(s): Reference books, Latin -- Europe -- History -- 16th century | Reference books, Latin -- Europe -- History -- 17th century | Reference books -- History | Communication in learning and scholarship -- Europe -- History -- 16th century | Communication in learning and scholarship -- Europe -- History -- 17th century | Note-taking -- History | Bibliography -- Europe -- History -- 16th century | Bibliography -- Europe -- History -- 17th century | Europe -- Intellectual life -- 16th century | Europe -- Intellectual life -- 17th centuryDDC classification: 039.71094 LOC classification: Z1035.8.L38 | B58 2010
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-379) and index.
Information management in comparative perspective -- Note-taking as information management -- Reference genres and their finding devices -- Compilers, their motivations and methods -- The impact of early printed reference books.
The flood of information brought to us by advancing technology is often accompanied by a distressing sense of 'information overload', yet this experience is not unique to modern times. In fact, says Ann Blair in this intriguing book, the invention of the printing press and the ensuing abundance of books provoked sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European scholars to register complaints very similar to our own. The author examines methods of information management in ancient and medieval Europe as well as the Islamic world and China, then focuses particular attention on the organization, composition, and reception of Latin reference books in print in early modern Europe. She explores in detail the sophisticated and sometimes idiosyncratic techniques that scholars and readers developed in an era of new technology and exploding information.