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Scientists as ProphetsA Rhetorical Genealogy$

Lynda Walsh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199857098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857098.001.0001

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(p.199) Appendix: Key Reception and Constitution Sources

(p.199) Appendix: Key Reception and Constitution Sources

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Scientists as Prophets
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This appendix summarizes the type, amount, and source of primary evidence for claims made in this book about reception and constitution of scientific-prophetic ethos. Detailed reference information for these sources appears in the notes for each chapter.

Chapter 2: Commentary on Delphi and ancient Greek prophecy from contemporaries such as Cicero, Herodotus, and Plato. Also, Joseph Fontenrose’s collection of Delphic pronouncements.

Chapter 3: Commentary on Bacon’s ethos by contemporaries in letters, diaries, historical accounts. Primary texts by Bacon: The Works of Francis Bacon (14 vols.), ed. James Spedding, Robert Leslie Ellis, and Douglas Denon Heath. London: Longman, 1857–1874. Archive: Bacon Papers, Lambeth Palace Library, London.

Chapter 4: Correspondence among Society fellows (141 articles) reprinted in the first volume of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (1665–1666); commentary on the Society in contemporary plays, prose, and poetry; dialogues between some Society members and outside critics, particularly Joseph Glanvill/Henry Stubbe and Robert Boyle/Thomas Hobbes. Archives: Early English Books Online; Evelyn Family Papers, Hartlib Papers, and Oldenburg Papers at the British Library, London; the collections of the Royal Society Library, especially Birch’s Council Minutes and the Boyle Papers.

Chapter 6: Reception by Gray Board and Atomic Energy Commission in hearings; mass media commentary on hearings and on Oppenheimer in general (roughly 600 clippings); constitution of scientists in mass media, particularly novels, films, and magazines. Archives: J. Robert Oppenheimer Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; LexisNexis. Chapter 7: Constitution of Carson’s ethos by PSAC and Ribicoff committee as recorded in transcripts and report drafts; reception of Carson and Silent Spring in contemporary mass media; secondary accounts of this reception in Lear, Murphy, and others. Archives: Rachel Carson Papers, Beinecke Library, (p.200) Yale University; Records of the Office of Science and Technology, National Archives, Washington, DC.

Chapter 8: Mass media reception of Oracles’ media productions (roughly 30 reviews of each production discussed); constitution of Gould’s ethos in ongoing creation/evolution debate as reflected in mass media and Arkansas trial transcript. Archive: LexisNexis.

Chapter 9: Dialogues between IPCC scientists and critics over AR4 and other reports, as reflected in roughly two dozen Internet blogs and web pages, three IPCC advisory documents, and one live presentation; debate over relationship of scientific uncertainty to scientific ethos since mid-1990s in about four dozen secondary sources; Google Timeline analytics for keywords “global warming denier.”