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From energy to information : representation in science and technology, art, and literature

Author: Bruce Clarke; Linda Dalrymple Henderson
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2002.
Series: Writing science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book offers an innovative examination of the interactions of science and technology, art, and literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Scholars in the history of art, literature, architecture, computer science, and media studies focus on five historical themes in the transition from energy to information: thermodynamics, electromagnetism, inscription, information theory, and virtuality. Different  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kongress
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Clarke; Linda Dalrymple Henderson
ISBN: 080474176X 9780804741767 0804742103 9780804742108
OCLC Number: 49821329
Description: xviii, 440 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Bruce Clarke, Linda Dalrymple Henderson --
From thermodynamics to virtuality / Bruce Clarke --
Part One: The cultures of thermodynamics --
Time discovered and time gendered in Victorian science and culture / M. Norton Wise --
Dark star crashes: classical thermodynamics and the allegory of cosmic catastrophe / Bruce Clarke --
Energetic abstraction: Ostwald, Bogdanov, and Russian post-revolutionary art / Charlotte Douglas --
Part Two: Ether and electromagnetism: capturing the invisible --
Line of force, swirls of ether / Bruce J. Hunt --
Real and the ethereal: modernist energies in Eliot and Pound / Ian F.A. Bell --
Vibratory modernism: Boccioni, Kupka, and the ether of space / Linda Dalrymple Henderson --
Part Three: Traces and inscriptions: diagramming forces --
Representation on the line: graphic recording instruments and scientific modernism / Robert M. Brain --
Concerning the line: music, noise, and phonography / Douglas Kahn --
Bodies in force fields: design between the wars / Christoph Asendorf --
Part Four: Representing information --
On the imagination's horizon line: uchronic histories, protocybernetic contact, and Charles Babbage's calculating engines / David Tomas --
Escape and constraint: three fictions dream of moving from energy to information / N. Katherine Hayles --
Cybernetics and art: cultural convergence in the 1960s / Edward A. Shanken --
Part Five: Voxels and sensels: bodies in virtual space --
Authorship and surgery: the shifting ontology of the virtual surgeon / Timothy Lenoir, Sha Xin Wei --
Eversion: brushing against avatars, aliens, and angels / Marcos Novak --
Part Six: Representation from pre- to post-modernity --
Puppet and test pattern: Mechanicity and materiality in modern pictorial representation / Richard Shiff --
Dinosaurs and modernity / W.J.T. Mitchell.
Series Title: Writing science.
Responsibility: edited by Bruce Clarke and Linda Dalrymple Henderson.
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