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The Republic of Letters, Visualized as Social Networks

Journals were originally collections of letters from scientists and scholars to their community or between one another. Before this, there was the Republic of Letters in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Now, Stanford scholars have used social network visualization tools to peek into these networks:

A fascinating economy of information presentation, and great insights into the networks that set many foundations we build upon still.

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About Kent Anderson

I am the CEO/Publisher of the STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., the home of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Reviews, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, the JBJS Recertification Course, PRE-val, and SocialCite. Prior to this, I was an executive at the New England Journal of Medicine. I also was Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics.


4 thoughts on “The Republic of Letters, Visualized as Social Networks

  1. What a fantastic way of visualizing history!

    Posted by Cherine Munkholt | Jan 10, 2010, 3:09 pm
  2. More info here: http://speaking.stanford.edu/highlights/Mapping_the_Republic_of_Letters.html

    Unfortunately, the visualization reflects a very incomplete database. From One would not know, for example, that Italians were at least as prominent in the Republic as were the French and English.

    Posted by Carl Kinbar | Jan 11, 2010, 12:24 pm


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