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Ann M. Blair
Alphabet, Authorship, Bibliography, Classification, Cultural Transmission, Early Modern Studies, History, Humanism, Knowledge Systems, Libraries and Archives, Memory, Metadata, Note-taking, Typography
Harvard College Professor and Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Ann Blair will discuss her book Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age, published by Yale University Press in 2011. "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.