Pieces and Parts in Scientific Texts

  • Florence Bretelle-Establet
  • Stéphane Schmitt

Part of the Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter book series (WSAWM, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introductory Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Florence Bretelle-Establet, Stéphane Schmitt
      Pages 3-17
  3. Material Parts of Texts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Mathieu Ossendrijver
      Pages 71-87
  4. Organizational Strategies and Internal Architecture of Texts

  5. Intertextuality and Strategies to Bind Parts of Ideas, Parts of Works and Parts of Texts

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-355

About this book


This book starts from a first general observation: there are very diverse ways to frame and convey scientific knowledge in texts. It then analyzes texts on mathematics, astronomy, medicine and life sciences, produced in various parts of the globe and in different time periods, and examines the reasons behind the segmentation of texts and the consequences of such textual divisions. How can historians and philosophers of science approach this diversity, and what is at stake in dealing with it? The book addresses these questions, adopting a specific approach do to so.

In order to shed light on the diversity of organizational patterns and rhetorical strategies in scientific texts, and to question the rationale behind the choices made to present such texts in one particular way, it focuses on the issue of text segmentation, offering answers to questions such as: Why was the meaning of segmenting texts into paragraphs, chapters, sections and clusters? Was segmentation used to delimit self-contained units, or to mark breaks in the physical appearance of a text in order to aid reading and memorizing, or to cope with the constraints of the material supports? How, in these different settings and in different texts, were pieces and parts made visible?


History of Science Scientific Texts Global History Textual Architecture Textual Segments Practices of Binding Parts of Texts Paratext and Text Quotations and Citations Organization of Written Discourse History of Text Epigraphs as Parts of Text Chinese Medical Texts Transmission of Embedded Texts the Example of Conics by Apollonius of Perga

Editors and affiliations

  • Florence Bretelle-Establet
    • 1
  • Stéphane Schmitt
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire SPHERE, UMR 7219Université Paris Diderot—CNRSParisFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire SPHERE, UMR 7219Université Paris Diderot—CNRSParisFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-78466-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-78467-0
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