The Nature of Science in Manuscript and Print
This course will focus on varied representations of scientific knowledge in primary sources, especially in rare books and manuscripts. The students will not only view classics of physical and natural sciences from the 13th to the 21st centuries but will gain hands-on experience with all the materials displayed. Comprehending content (text and image) with the aid of targeted questions and discussion will lead to analysis, and—by the end of the course—an overview of the changing theoretical approaches and practical methods of documenting science. Aspects of paleography, typography, illustration techniques, the structure and materials of the book, and binding-related issues will be emphasized. The course will primarily build on the holdings of SLA’s Dibner and Cullman Libraries, will also encompass in-depth viewing of the Nature of the Book exhibition, exploring digitization projects, and visits to the rare and special collections of the Library of Congress and the Dumbarton Oaks Library and Archives.
Completion of this course helps to meet requirements for one of the following certificate requirements:
- a History of the Book course for Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts, or
- 1 of 3 elective credit courses for Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts, or
- a History of the Book course for Certificate in Librarianship, Activism, and Justice
- 1 of 2 elective credit courses for Certificate in Librarianship, Activism, and Justice