Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science

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  1. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    This book has such a compelling title and is actually beautifully put together the illustrations including series of color plates in the middle attest to a fair amount of willingness on the part of MIT Press to spend money on the volume And of course a book about things deserves to have pictures of those things not just prose describing them So kudos for that Unfortunately however the prose that does describe the pictures was a disappointment The introduction leaves the reader with so much hope for this interdisciplinary collaboration where writers will describe things as diverse as glass flowers soap bubbles and Bosch paintings The former two essays were the best Lorraine Daston also the editor describes the glass flower collection at Harvard and uses their popularity to explore the connections between science and nature in a compelling way Peter Gallison's contribution on soap bubbles and the way they were mobilized as scientific evidence is eually fascinating and his attempt to make bubbles a protagonist by writing about them as if they were a person in the tale eg Bubbles then followed in the footsteps of its maker and went to Europe may seem slightly gimmicky but actually works uite well for his purposes However the other 7 selections were far disappointing and none of them were as compellingly theoretical as I might have liked I think the introduction to this volume is well worth reading but the individual essays are probably only useful if you have a vested interest in the specific thing they each describe

  2. Andee Nero Andee Nero says:

    I liked that there were a lot of images of the objects but thought there were a lot of instances where things should have been color when they were BW or vice versaI think this was an interesting idea for a book also but the essays were so short The essays also felt a bit disconnected although they started to pick up steam in the second half starting with Joel Snyder's inuiry into film and photographic evidence Throughout the book however there were really fantastic instances of material culture in the arts and sciences and they are so extraordinary that I don't think I will forget about them soon especially the essays on the glass flowers newspaper clippings I never thought of it that way and Greenberg's formalism

  3. Kristi Kristi says:

    This book was beautiful produced with plentiful illustration and printed on high uality paper However the content of the book disappointed my expectations Many of the essays were histories centered around a thing rather than illuminated through things I enjoyed most the essays on bubbles and Harvard's glass flowers

  4. Jeff Jeff says:

    Contains some really good essays about how things carry meaning

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Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science [EPUB] ✻ Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science By Lorraine Daston – Imagine a world without things There would be nothing to describe nothing to explain remark interpret or complain about Without things we would stop speaking; we would become as mute as things are all Imagine a world Talk: Object PDF/EPUB å without things There would be nothing to describe nothing to explain remark interpret or complain about Without things we would stop speaking; we would become as mute as things are alleged to be In nine original essays internationally renowned historians of art and of Things that PDF/EPUB or science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without losing their gritty materiality True to the particularity of things each of the essays singles out one object for close attention a Bosch drawing the freestanding column a Prussian island soap bubbles early photographs glass flowers Rorschach that Talk: Object eBook ✓ blots newspaper clippings paintings by Jackson Pollock Each is revealed to be a node around which meanings accrete thickly But not just any meanings what these things are made of and how they are made shape what they can mean Neither the pure texts of semiotics nor the that Talk: Object Lessons from PDF/EPUB or brute objects of positivism these things are saturated with cultural significance Things become talkative when they fuse matter and meaning; they lapse into speechlessness when their matter and meanings no longer mesh Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible At these junctures certain things become objects of fascination association and endless consideration; they begin to talk Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language in which words and world mergeEssays Lorraine Daston Peter Galison Anke te Heesen Caroline A Jones Joseph Leo Koerner Antoine Picon Simon Schaffer Joel Snyder and M Norton and Elaine M Wise Lorraine Daston is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin Germany She is the coauthor of Wonders and the Order of Nature Zone books.