Review of Daston, Lorraine, ed. Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science. New York: Zone Books (MIT Press). Pp. Hardcover $ Title, Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science. Author, Lorraine Daston. Edition, reprint. Published, Length, 18 pages. Export Citation. Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world Lorraine Daston, Peter Galison, Anke te Heesen.

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I think this was an interesting idea for a book also, but the essays were so short. View freely available titles: As a result, photographic images were increasingly accepted as eyewitness testimony, able to speak for themselves. 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!


Imagine a world without things. Almudena Aznar iglesias rated it really liked it Apr 24, So, kudos for that.

While some authors achieve this goal, others produce straightforward discourse analyses that explain how an object was shaped within language during a specific historical period. She argues that the appeal of the Glass Flowers is partly based on their chimerical nature; they are neither purely art nor purely science. Yet by the late s, arguments were made in favour of photographs as a form of direct evidence. Science Logic and Mathematics.


Wise chart the changing understandings of Peacock Island in late 18th- and early 19th-century Prussia; Simon Schaffer investigates how soap bubbles inspired 19th-century British scientists; Anke te Heesen examines collections of newspaper clippings from the s. Other essays feature objects that are less conventional: John rated it really liked it Jan 15, At these junctures, certain things become objects of fascination, association, and endless consideration; thzt begin to talk.

Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world merge.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Object Lessons From Art and Science. Each of the nine evocative objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible. That materialist notion was formerly known as Idealism.

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Chitra Ramalingam – – Science in Context 28 3: Joseph Leo Koerner analyzes a 16th-century drawing by the artist Hieronymus Bosch; Antoine Picon considers the shifting meaning of the free-standing column in 18th-century French architecture; Caroline A. Jessica rated it liked it May 29, Added to PP index Total downloads 15of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 5of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Things That Talk is a collection of essays by art and science historians, writing in very different tones on a series of very different things: Talk is, then, one of the possible compliments [End Page ] paid to the roles that certain bits of daton, made tuat found, play in the lives of certain people—and art and science historians are in this no different from other mortals.


A Journal of the History of Science Without things, we would stop speaking; we would become as mute as things are alleged to be.

Unlike wax, which is more amenable to mimicking natural forms, glass is impractical, fragile and impressively difficult to work with.

The Third Dimension of Science. History of ScienceArt History. Imagine a world without things. Clearly, photography was changing the portrayal of human vision and perception.

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