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Glass (Object Lessons)

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    John Garrison(Author)

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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Pause and look, and you will see that you are surrounded by glass: light reflects off and refracts through your windows; it encircles a glowing filament above you; it s in a mirror hanging on the wall; it lies shattered in a dented corner of an iPhone; you re drinking water out of a pint glass. Taking up a most common object, rarely considered because assumed to be transparent, this book draws evocative connections between historical depictions of glass and emergent discourses within the technology sector that envision glass as holding unique promise for new forms of interaction. Grounded in examples familiar to most readers, this book offers a series of surprising often counter-intuitive insights into how we see the world and see ourselves in the world.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.

[Glass] distills the essence of a substance that offers itself as something to be looked through, giving a shine to its contents, and as something that occupies our view, as something we have to take note of and interact with.-- Los Angeles Review of Books [A] book that can be read in a fascinated hour, but will influence your reading and your looking for the next month. ---- Times Literary SupplementThis brilliant book takes us through the looking glass, allowing us to see an everyday material in a whole new light. Glass, no matter how transparent it may seem, is always coated with many layers of meaning. In this scintillating account, John Garrison shows how the cultural framing of glass has repeatedly opened windows to other worlds, from the microscopic depths to the far reaches of the cosmos, from the imagined futures of science fiction to the bizarro-worlds of our own bathroom mirrors. ---- Colin Milburn, Professor of English and Science and Technology Studies, University of California Davis, USA

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Book details

  • PDF | 160 pages
  • John Garrison(Author)
  • Bloomsbury Academic; 01 edition (19 Nov. 2015)
  • English
  • 3
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Guest on 24 January 2016

    A smart, insightful and compelling read. Garrison takes us to the outer reaches and back to explore the many 'meanings' of glass. From Blondie to Shakespeare, Minority Report to the iPhone - Garrison makes obvious what can be hard to perceive. We are surrounded by glass and yet rarely think to interrogate how it shapes our world. A punchy look at and look through this ubiquitous material that reveals as much as it obscures.

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