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Dennis Duncan

March 7, 2022

Indexes are taken for granted. Tucked away in the back of a book, ignored till we need them. We give little thought to their creation or history, yet indexes are critical to readers and researchers. What is Google after all but a huge digital index? On this episode of Inquiry, we speak with writer DENNIS DUNCAN. He is a lecturer in English at the University College London. His new book is a  fascinating history of the index: INDEX, A HISTORY OF THE. A BOOKISH ADVENTURE FROM MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS TO THE DIGITAL AGE.