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The shadow of enlightenment : optical and political transparency in France, 1789-1848

Author: Theresa Levitt
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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This work examines the intersection of science and politics in the work of Francois Arago and Jean-Baptiste Biot, the principle architects of the optical revolution of early 19th-century France. Their disagreement over the optical accessibility of the world played out across a wide range of French culture.
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Levitt, Theresa.
Shadow of enlightenment.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2008048422
(OCoLC)234430679
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Theresa Levitt
ISBN: 9780199544707 0199544700 0191562637 9780191562631
OCLC Number: 316297350
Description: 1 online resource (192 pages) : illustrations, maps, plans
Contents: Table of Contents; The Shadow of Enlightenment: Optical and Political Transparency in France, 1789-1848; 1. A Revolution in Representation; 2. Le Rouge et le Vert: The Colors of Opposition in Restoration France; 3. Astronomy: The Light of the Heavens; 4. A Vital Matter: Light and Life; 5. Light Paints Itself: The Conditions of Photographic Representation; 6. Illuminate All Eyes: Colonial Markets and the Problem of Freedom; Conclusion; Index.
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