What kind of knowledge gets deposited in textbooks?

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Abstract

This paper explores how technical writing participates in estimates of value, based on its historical roots in mining and metallurgy going back to T.A. Rickard's first technical writing textbook published in 1908. The paper extends this exploration to include influences on Rickard's understanding of technical writing's social function, such as classical encyclopedic traditions, books of Hermetic secrets, and the first textbook developed by Comenius in the early 17th century. Throughout this history, the works of Francis Bacon provide a backdrop against which to understand how technical writing came to stabilize a scientific knowledge system and how this knowledge system was represented in textbooks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIPCC/SIGDOC 2000
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology and Teamwork - Proceedings, IEEE Professional Communication Society International Professional Communication Conference and ACM Special Interest Group on Documentation Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages295-300
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0780364317, 9780780364318
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Professional Communication Society International Professional Communication Conference and ACM Special Interest Group on Documentation Conference, IPCC/SIGDOC 2000 - Cambridge, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2000Sep 27 2000

Publication series

NameIPCC/SIGDOC 2000: Technology and Teamwork - Proceedings, IEEE Professional Communication Society International Professional Communication Conference and ACM Special Interest Group on Documentation Conference

Other

OtherIEEE Professional Communication Society International Professional Communication Conference and ACM Special Interest Group on Documentation Conference, IPCC/SIGDOC 2000
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge
Period9/24/009/27/00

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication

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