Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science

Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and ScienceImagine 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 Alleged To Be In Nine Original Essays, Internationally Renowned Historians Of Art And Of 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 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 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 Merge.Essays 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, 1150 1750 Zone Books.

Lorraine Daston born June 9, 1951, East Lansing, Michigan 1 is an American historian of science Executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science MPIWG in Berlin, and visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, she is considered an authority on Early Modern European scientific and intellectual history In 1993, she was named a f

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  • Hardcover
  • 447 pages
  • Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science
  • Lorraine Daston
  • English
  • 13 November 2017
  • 9781890951436

10 thoughts on “Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science

  1. 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 equally fascinating, and his attempt to make bubbles a protagonist by writing about them as if they were a person in the tale e.g Bubbles then followed in the footsteps of its maker and went to Europe may seem slightly gimmicky, but actually wor...

  2. 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 versa.I 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 inquiry into film and photographic evidence Throughout the b...

  3. says:

    This book was beautiful produced with plentiful illustration and printed on high quality paper However, the content of the book disappointed my expectations Many of the essays were histories centered around a thing,...

  4. says:

    Contains some really good essays about how things carry meaning.

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