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Spurious Coin: A History of Science, Management, and Technical Writing (Suny Series, Studies in Scientific and Technical Communicati)

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Spurious Coin constructs a cultural history of technical writing in the United States and the system of scientific knowledge and power it controls. Embedded in this history are tensions between scientific and liberal arts knowledge-making that render technical writing both the genuine and counterfeit corn of scientific knowledge within our culture. When scientific knowledge is made by scientists and engineers, it can circulate as genuine currency in an economy where communication makes knowledge. When scientific knowledge is made by liberal-arts trained technical writers, however, it circulates as spurious currency and threatens the purity of the knowledge economy.<P>Longo constructs this cultural history around a framework of five intellectual trends: the use of clear, correct English, maximum efficiency of production and operation; the need to contribute to a general fund of scientific knowledge for the betterment of the human condition; the tension between the role of science and art within a culture; and a redemptive urge to purify language and standardize practice.

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ISBN:
9780791445563
Author:
Longo, Bernadette
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Location:
Albany :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Technical Writing
Subject:
Technical writing - United States - History -
Subject:
Reference-Writing as a Business
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Suny Series, Studies in Scientific & Technical Communication
Series Volume:
106-27
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
8.89x5.85x.47 in. .66 lbs.

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