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Ptolemy’s Compost – Thursday 28th February

February 7, 2013
A poster advertising the talk

My poster for Malcolm’s talk

Ptolemy’s Compost: a brief history of piracy, marketing and fraud

With the help of two ancient Ptolemies and a sixteenth-century publisher, Malcolm Heath explores the history of authorship and authenticity, intellectual property and piracy, from Odysseus to Megaupload and beyond.

Ptolemy’s Compost is a sixteenth-century codex, a copy of which is held in the Special Collections of the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds. Malcolm Heath has previously mentioned this book in talks to the Astronomical Societies of Bradford and Hull, one of which can be listened to through this post, with some further details on the Other Talks page.

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