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Science  12 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5408, pp. 1649
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5408.1649a

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Avatars of the Word From Papyrus to Cyberspace. James J. O'Donnell. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1998. 224 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-674-05545-4.

O'Donnell approaches the current communication revolution through comparisons with earlier transformations of information technologies: oral to written, papyrus to codex, copied manuscript to print. He suggests that the ongoing changes are not as radical as many believe and offers suggestions for adjusting to them and for improving learning and teaching.