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Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science

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ISBN-13: 978-1890951443
ISBN-10: 1890951447
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"Dense with erudition and pleasingly light on its scholarly feet." Kirkus Reviews



"What is fascinating in this collection is the diverse ways in which the authors, whose backgrounds and intellectual styles differ significantly, attempt to comprehend not just their fascination with certain objects but also to describe meaningfully the objects' widespread uses. Important, useful, beautiful things are in this sense things that matter. Things that matter have meaning. And meaningful things are things that talk." Miguel Tamen , University of Lisbon



"This collection is a feast for students of art, modern Western history, and philosophy. Recommended for academic and university libraries..." Francisca Goldsmith Library Journal



"What is fascinating in this collection is the diverse ways in which the authors, whose backgrounds and intellectual styles differ significantly, attempt to comprehend not just their fascination with certain objects but also to describe meaningfully the objects' widespread uses. Important, useful, beautiful things are in this sense things that matter. Things that matter have meaning. And meaningful things are things that talk." Miguel Tamen, University of Lisbon

About the Author

Lorraine Daston is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany. She is the coauthor of Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 and the editor of Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science (both Zone Books).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Zone Books (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890951447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890951443
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 27, 2014
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This book was beautiful produced - with plentiful illustration and printed on high quality paper. However, the content of the book disappointed my expectations. Many of the essays were histories centered around a thing, rather than illuminated *through* things. I enjoyed most the essays on bubbles and Harvard's glass flowers.
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