Introduction: 'infrastructural compendia' and the licensing of empiricism in Mesopotamian technical literature

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Introduction : 'infrastructural compendia' and the licensing of empiricism in Mesopotamian technical literature. / Johnson, Justin.

In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia. ed. / Justin Cale Johnson. Berlin : De Gruyter, 2015. p. 1-28 (Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Cultures; Vol. 3).

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Johnson, J 2015, Introduction: 'infrastructural compendia' and the licensing of empiricism in Mesopotamian technical literature. in J Cale Johnson (ed.), In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia. Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Cultures, vol. 3, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501502507-002

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Johnson, J. (2015). Introduction: 'infrastructural compendia' and the licensing of empiricism in Mesopotamian technical literature. In J. Cale Johnson (Ed.), In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia (pp. 1-28). (Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Cultures; Vol. 3). De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501502507-002

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Johnson J. Introduction: 'infrastructural compendia' and the licensing of empiricism in Mesopotamian technical literature. In Cale Johnson J, editor, In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia. Berlin: De Gruyter. 2015. p. 1-28. (Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Cultures). https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501502507-002

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Johnson, Justin. / Introduction : 'infrastructural compendia' and the licensing of empiricism in Mesopotamian technical literature. In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia. editor / Justin Cale Johnson. Berlin : De Gruyter, 2015. pp. 1-28 (Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Cultures).

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