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A note on The footnote

Anthony Grafton’s The Footnote – A Curious History starts out very interestingly. The first chapter gives an entertaining introduction to the “life and times” of the footnote. However, in the following chapters one feels bogged down in a swamp of … Continue reading

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<a href="Open Access (MIT Press Essential Knowledge)” title=”Open Access”>Open Access

Many of us have been missing a short, introductory textbook on Open Access to read for ourselves and to point to for those in need of education on the subject.

Now the book has come! Peter Suber, one of the “grand old men” of Open Access, with his non-partisan writings on most aspects of OA, has written a coherent overview of Open Acces. The book is aptly titled Open Access.

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Academic man

Logan Wilson’s The Academic Man: A Study in the Sociology of a Profession (Foundations of higher education) is a classic study of how academics are recruited and promoted in the US. While the study is old – it was originally … Continue reading

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Invented languages

Among last week’s reading;  From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages, Oxford University Press 2011. An entertaining walk through the forests of invented languages, not only auxiliary languages like esperanto but (even more) the languages created as part of fiction … Continue reading

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