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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

Scientists as Prophets
Oxford University Press

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.”