chapter  3
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THE AMBIVALENCE OF AUTHORSHIP IN EARLY MODERN NATURAL PHILOSOPHY

The advent of the modern authorial persona occurred in the eigh­ teenth century, or so historians of the subject tend to believe. The received account traces its emergence in this period to shifts in policing, property, bibliographical classification, and, finally, to understandings of the creative process. It seems reasonable to look to the same period for important developments in scientific authorship. This chapter, therefore, asks how our account of the origins of literary authorship can be used to approach authorial claims in the sciences.