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Invention of Scientific Reading is Topic of Apr. 10 Lecture

The Invention of Scientific Reading

Lecture by Adrian Johns
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012
Wilson Special Collections Library
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

An expert in the field of the history of the book and intellectual property and piracy will give a lecture on the topic of scientific reading Tuesday, Apr. 10.

The 5:30 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Adrian Johns will also discuss the transition in the seventeenth century between natural philosophy and experimental philosophy, with a focus on the works of Newton, Hooke, Descartes, and others. He will also examine efforts to automate discovery by having computers “read”’ millions of scientific papers in order to find patterns, gaps, and laws.

Johns is the Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History at the University of Chicago, where he chairs the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science.

His books include Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age (W.W. Norton, 2010), Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (University of Chicago Press, 1998).

The Nature of the Book was the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Historical Association’s Leo Gershoy Award, the Association of American Publishers: PROSE Award, and the George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Prize from the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP).

The event is sponsored by the Rare Book Collection, the UNC English and Comparative Literature department, and the Friends of the Library. It is part of the English and Comparative Literature department’s Critical Speakers Series.

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