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Introduction: The Secret Lives of Textbooks

Marga Vicedo
Isis
Vol. 103, No. 1 (March 2012), pp. 83-87
DOI: 10.1086/664979
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/664979
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Abstract

ABSTRACTTextbooks have a low status in the history of science because they have been seen as mere repositories for scientific knowledge. But historians have recently shown how they play a number of roles that can illuminate different aspects of the history of science, from priority disputes to pedagogical practices. The essays in this Focus section aim to expand our vision of textbooks further by showing how they perform various hybrid functions in scientific development.