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Holograms : a cultural history

Author: Sean Johnston
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This volume examines the history of the use of the hologram. Holograms are photographs of interference patterns that, when suitably illuminated, produce three-dimensional images. In its pure form, holography requires the use of laser light for illuminating the subject and for viewing the finished hologram. This work explores how holograms became embedded in modern popular culture. It traces their cultural roots in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Johnston
ISBN: 9780198712763 0198712766
OCLC Number: 933280643
Description: xi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Culture and technology --
Why cultural history? --
Audiences and assessments --
pt. A. Visual culture and modernity : the backstory to holograms --
2. Scientific imagery and visual novelty --
Modern alchemy --
Scientific imaging for enthusiasts and professionals --
The stereoscope : scientific magic at home --
Halting science : the case of the Lippmann photograph --
3. Grassroots modernity --
Reproduction for the millions --
Imagery to exhilarate --
Imagery to educate --
Imagery to emulate --
Imagery to entertain --
Displaying progress --
pt. B. Making sense of holograms --
4. Hologram secrets --
Starting small : microscopic culture --
Trusting holograms --
Making imagery electronic --
From radar to holograms --
5. Holograms as magic --
Modern illusions --
Portraying perplexity --
Distilling the essence of holograms --
6. Holograms and progress --
Representing modernity --
Expressing national status --
Anticipating consumer wonders --
Engineering the future --
pt. C. Hologram cultures --
7. Holograms for enthusiasts --
Hobbyists, tinkerers and technical enthusiasts --
Growing amateur scientists --
Holograms for amateurs --
8. Hologram communities --
Countercultural expressions --
Meditating on holograms --
Making holograms move --
Holograms at school --
Enthusiasts' networks --
9. Holograms on display --
Exhibiting holograms --
Holograms as art --
Holograms and heritage --
Holograms and the postmodern --
Collecting holograms --
10. Consuming holograms --
Fitting holograms to culture --
Canning the uncanny --
Symbols of security --
The digital transition --
11. Channelling dreams --
Galaxies and holograms far, far away --
Spectacle, aesthetics or ubiquity? --
Popular and unpopular cultures --
Magic, metaphors and materialism --
Appendix : A taxonomy of holograms --
Real-world holograms --
Misidentifying holograms.
Responsibility: Sean F. Johnston, University of Glasgow.
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Holograms: A Cultural History offers an engaging and highly readable history of the hologram from a totally different point of view. ... Johnston is an excellent storyteller... * Jan Baetens, Read more...

 
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