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    DescriptionThe 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.

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    Too Much to Know
    Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ann M. Blair
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 594 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300165395
    ISBN 10: 0300165390

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037030
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27340
    BIC subject category V2: GLC
    DC22: 039.71094, 039.7109409031
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, GLC, NHD
    Illustrations note
    31 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    23 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Ann M. Blair is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Harvard University.
    Review quote
    "'There has always been 'too much to know'. In this lively and learned book, Ann Blair shows us how early modern Europeans managed to survive - and even to surf - what they saw as tidal waves of information. Her insightful comparisons, careful attention to the survival of traditional methods, and clear vision of the new culture of passionate curiosity that took place in the Renaissance give her work extraordinary range and depth.' (Anthony Grafton, Princeton University)"