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Invention, the Mother of Necessity: Archival Research in 2020

Peter Lyman
The American Archivist
Vol. 57, No. 1, Special Issue: 2020 Vision (Winter, 1994), pp. 114-125
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40293801
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Research in the archives of 2020 will seek to understand why the twentieth century was an age of technological and scientific discovery, perhaps the greatest age of invention since 1620. Researchers will be seeking to discover the origins of what was meant by "research" itself—why research assumed technical methodologies and questions. Therefore the archives of 2020 must allow the researcher to explore the relationship between military invention and politics, between printing and modern science and communications technology, and the evolution of the modern sense of an environment and ecology from the compass, the technology of discovery.

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