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Philosophers of science thought that knowledge about nature came about by our alertness to unfamiliar phenomena, or else by keen observation, and then applying logical reasoning to determine their cause. This chapter presents a history of scientific publishing. It emerged in the academies where the new science was being discussed, somewhat later, when the question arose as to how this could also be discussed and commented upon beyond the academy walls. The scientific journal at the heart of this process was first published in the academies of Paris in 1665, even before the king had formally inaugurated the Académie royale des science. The chapter then presents an overview of the book. At the heart of the book are four lengthy chapters about the Amsterdam publishers, Elsevier and North-Holland.

Keywords: Amsterdam publishers; Elsevier; North-Holland; science publishing



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