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The romantic machine : utopian science and technology after Napoleon

Author: John Tresch
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2012, impr. 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focusing on a set of celebrated technologies, including steam engines, early photography, and mass-scale printing, the author looks at how new conceptions of energy, instrumentality, and association  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Tresch
ISBN: 9780226214801 022621480X
OCLC Number: 949923805
Description: 1 v. (XVII-449 p.) : illustrations, couv. illustrations en coul. ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Mechanical Romanticism --
DEVICES OF COSMIC UNITY --
Ampère's Experiments: Contours of a Cosmic Cubstance --
Humboldt's Instruments: Even the Tools Will Be Free --
Arago's Daguerreotype: The Labor Theory of Knowledge --
SPECTACLES OF CREATION AND METAMORPHOSIS --
The Devil's Opera: Fantastic Physiospiritualism --
Monsters, Machine-Men, Magicians: The Automaton in the Garden --
ENGINEERS OF ARTIFICIAL PARADISES --
Saint-Simonian Engines: Love and Conversions --
Leroux's Pianotype: The Organogenesis of Humanity --
Comte's Calendar: From Infinite Universe to Closed World --
Conclusion: Afterlives of the Romantic Machine
Responsibility: John Tresch.

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