Introduction: The languages of scientists

Michael D. Gordin, Kostas Tampakis

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Much of the scholarship in the history of science has undervalued the significance of the debates around language choice and language use. After surveying various historiographical trends characterizing the relationship of science to language, this introduction explores the role of language-choice in nation-building, education, publication and transnational exchanges. It concludes with a brief summary of the four case studies in this special issue, which explore the German, Greek, English and Russian languages in the context of the sciences in nineteenth-century Europe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-377
Number of pages13
JournalHistory of Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • Britain
  • Education
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Language
  • Nineteenth-century Europe
  • Publication
  • Russia
  • Scientific languages


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