Review of Daston, Lorraine, ed. Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science. New York: Zone Books (MIT Press). Pp. Hardcover $ Title, Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science. Author, Lorraine Daston. Edition, reprint. Published, Length, 18 pages. Export Citation. Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world Lorraine Daston, Peter Galison, Anke te Heesen.

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True to the particularity of things, each of the essays singles out one object for close attention: While some authors achieve this goal, others produce straightforward discourse analyses that explain how an object was shaped within language during a specific historical period.

Piconsome Pollocks as seen by Greenberg C. At these junctures, certain things become objects of fascination, association, and endless consideration; they begin to talk. I think this was an interesting idea for a book also, but the essays were so short. Sign in to use this feature. Unfortunately, however, the prose that does describe the pictures was a disappointment. Soap Bubbles as Commodities in Classical Physics.

History of Western Philosophy. Confronting this impasse from an interdisciplinary perspective, each author singles out one object for close attention: Without things, we would stop speaking; we would become as mute as things are alleged to be.

Almudena Aznar iglesias rated it really liked it Apr 24, Norton and Elaine M. Imagine a world without things. Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world merge.

How to Do Things with Things.

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Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science

Contains some really good essays about how things carry meaning. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Schafferclippings A. Edited by Lorraine Daston. Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible. Miguel Tamen – – Common Knowledge 15 3: James rated it really liked it Dec 27, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Carmel Seymour rated it really liked it Dec 02, However, the other 7 selections were far more disappointing, and none of them were as compellingly theoretical as I might have liked.

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SnyderRorschach blots P. Wise chart the changing understandings of Peacock Island in late 18th- and early 19th-century Prussia; Simon Schaffer investigates how soap bubbles inspired 19th-century British scientists; Anke te Heesen examines collections of newspaper clippings from the s.

Now that the Glass Flowers have moved from the category of specimen to that of artistic wonder, they continue to amaze.

Marieke rated it really liked it Apr 14, Durkheim, Latour, and Extended Cognition. Koernerthe Glass Flowers at the Peabody L.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Things That Talk fleetingly realizes the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world merge. Object Lessons From Art and Science.

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Colin Marshall – – Philosophical Quarterly 63 Studying the shifting legal status of 19th-century daguerreotypes, the art historian argues that these images were initially considered mechanical in nature.

Things become talkative when they fuse matter and meaning; they lapse into speechlessness when their matter and meanings no longer mesh. Braun – – Philosophical Studies Each is revealed to be a node around which meanings accrete thickly. Imagine a world without things.

Open Preview See a Problem? Without things, thlngs would, in short, stop speaking; we would become as mute as objects are alleged to be. In nine original essays, internationally renowned historians of art and of science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without losing their gritty materiality. In nine original yalk, internationally renowned historians of art and of science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without l Imagine a world without things.

Clearly, photography was changing the portrayal of human vision and perception.

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And, of course, a book about things deserves to have pictures of those lorrainne, not just prose describing them. The former two essays were the best.

Kim Forsythe rated it really liked it Jan 23, Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible.

Joel Snyder – – In Lorraine Daston ed.