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Encyclopaedic Visions
Scientific Dictionaries and Enlightenment Culture

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  • Date Published: June 2010
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521152921

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  • The eighteenth-century English dictionaries of arts and sciences claimed to contain all knowledge that a person of education should possess. These early encyclopaedias responded to the explosion of information by reducing knowledge to essentials, stressing the need for a coherent account of the sciences, and for some time excluding biography and history. Richard Yeo places these scientific dictionaries in a rich cultural framework of debate that includes the arrangement of knowledge, the Republic of Letters, the Enlightenment public sphere, copyright issues and the specialisation of science. He discusses dilemmas involved in the quest for knowledge to be both organised and readily available, examining assumptions about the organisation, communication and control of knowledge in these works. Elegantly illustrated and accessibly written, Encyclopaedic Visions provides a major contribution to Enlightenment studies and the history of ideas in general.

    • Interprets encyclopaedias as a response to the knowledge explosion of the eighteenth century
    • Describes central importance of issues such as copyright and ownership of knowledge
    • Discusses dilemmas involved in the quest to have knowledge both organised and accessible
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    Review of the hardback: 'Richard Yeo's ambitious study of a significant segment of encyclopaedic development is a contribution to the highly political debate about the dissemination and control of knowledge … His book is both serious and fascinating. It catches exactly the mixture of intellectual excitement and commercial enterprise that in the Enlightment fuelled the search for the 'Best Book in the Universe''. Judith Hawley, The Guardian

    Review of the hardback: '… sensitive and engaging study of Enlightenment encyclopaedias'. Nature

    Review of the hardback: 'Richard Yeo's ambitious study of a significant segment of encyclopaedic development is a contribution to the highly political debate about the dissemination and control of knowledge … his book is both serious and fascinating. It catches exactly the mixture of intellectual excitement and commercial enterprise that in the Enlightenment fuelled the search for 'the best book in the universe'. The Guardian

    Review of the hardback: 'Encyclopaedic Visions is thoroughly researched and very well written … is highly recommended for academic libraries supporting history of science departments, library and information science programs, or history departments with an emphasis on intellectual history or history of the book.' Ursula Ellis, University of Oklahoma

    Review of the hardback: '… delightful and informative book …' Australian Association for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science

    Review of the hardback: '… there is … much to be learnt from this excellent study of the work of British enlightenment encyclopaedists.' Australian Journal of Politics and History

    Review of the hardback: 'It is a wonderful virtue of Yeo's work that it uses one text to cut across so many pressing problems of Enlightenment science and literary culture … a fundamentally groundbreaking work.' Brill

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521152921
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the encyclopaedic tradition
    Part I:
    1. Encyclopaedias in the Republic of Letters
    2. Scientific dictionaries and 'compleat' knowledge
    3. Containing knowledge
    Part II:
    4. From commonplace books to encyclopaedias
    5. 'The best book in the universe': Ephraim Chambers' Cyclopaedia
    6. Communicating the arts and sciences
    7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Scottish Enlightenment
    Part III:
    8. Copyright and public knowledge
    9. Why dedicate an encyclopaedia to a king?
    10. Editors and experts
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Richard Yeo, Griffith University, Queensland

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