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Other ur-forms of twentieth-century "nature" appear in Documenting Science: the cylinders, spirals, globes, and tendrils of computer wiring, radio tubes, and electrostatic generators. Photography, as in its earliest iterations, is called upon to taxonomize the incalculable order of the natural and, increasingly, technological world. Yet Abbott, like Benjamin, could not have anticipated how quickly the medium would outdate even itself, becoming ever more intertwined with the immateriality of the digital. Nonetheless, as documents of a future in the making-as well as of photography's vital role in picturing it-Abbott's science photographs fulfill her own dictum: "It is beautiful because it has fulfilled its use, recording the subject completely and understandingly." (Jennifer Pranolo MAKE Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; Reprint edition (February 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3869304316
  • ISBN-13: 978-3869304311
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 11.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a superb collection of photographs illustrating phenomena in motion under gravity, magnetic fields and of light waves Originally done for an innovative high school physics textbook done in the late 1950's, the photographs are technically excellent and remain as interesting today. Here, however, the explanations of what you are seeing are very brief. They require exposition by a physicist. As much as I enjoyed my copy, I shall donate it to a high school or college physics department where I hope it will have long service as excellent outside source material.
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A fine addition to my science library....I am both a science and photography nut and this a nice find. great pictures and explanations.
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By Jane on December 3, 2012
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We bought this as a birthday gfit for our Thai daughter. She loves physics and taking photos, it was the perfect.....she loves it...
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Intriguing scientific images that would require great ingenuity and patience to reproduce, even today. Berenice, shooting on large format film, with unbelievably slow lenses, and strobes that were equally slow and temperamental, was a genius.
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