Gaining an insight into the ordering, structuring and dissemination of knowledge in the eighteenth century is key to the wider context of Sloane’s collecting. Blair (2010) recognises that the sense of ‘information overload’ is not distinct to our modern period, but was an important issue for scholars in the early modern period and explores the techniques which scholars adopted in order to make sense of a wide variety of information to help piece together knowledge. Donald (2005) takes an alternative approach, questioning whether or not the enlightenment was an era where knowledge was ordered, suggesting instead that the enlightenment was more chaotic than originally believed.
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