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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The essays also felt a bit disconnected, although they started to pick up steam in the second half, starting with Joel Snyder’s inquiry into film and photographic evidence. Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world merge.

True to the particularity of things, each of the essays singles out one object for close attention: Norton and Elaine M.

Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science by Lorraine Daston

Object Lessons From Art and Science. Melissa rated it it was amazing Dec 21, Kristie Miller – – Acta Analytica 23 1: At such junctures, certain things become objects of fascination, association, and endless consideration.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. She argues that the appeal of the Glass Flowers is partly based on their chimerical nature; they are neither purely art nor purely science.

Christopher rated tyings really liked it Jan 05, Elizabeth rated it really tuings it Mar 01, Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when dashon match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible.

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Sign in Create an account. View freely available titles: Abigail rated it really liked it May 09, Without things, we would stop speaking; we would become as mute as things are alleged to be.

James rated it really liked it Dec 27, There would be nothing to describe, explain, remark on, interpret, or complain about.

Talk is, then, one of the possible compliments [End Page ] paid to the roles that certain bits of matter, made or found, play in the lives of certain people—and art and tzlk historians are in this no different from other mortals. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

So, kudos for that. This book has such a compelling title, and is actually beautifully put together the illustrations, including series of color plates in the middle, attest to a fair amount of willingness on the part of MIT Press to spend money on the volume. Colin Marshall – – Philosophical Quarterly 63 There would be nothing to describe, nothing to explain, remark, interpret, or complain about.

I think the introduction to this volume is well-worth reading, but the individual essays are probably only useful if you have a vested interest in the specific thing they each describe.

Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Without things, we would, in short, stop speaking; we would become as mute as objects are alleged to be.

Joel Snyder – – Thigs Lorraine Daston ed.

Things That Talk taalk a collection of essays by art and science historians, writing in very different tones on a series of very different things: 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.

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Without things, we would stop speaking; we would become as mute as things are alleged to be. Trivia About Things That Talk I enjoyed most the essays on bubbles and Harvard’s glass flowers.

Added to PP index Total downloads 15of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 5of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Aug 13, Kristi rated it it was ok. Edited by Lorraine Daston. Carmel Seymour rated it really liked it Dec 02, 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.

Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible. Dec 01, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: Each object is revealed to be a node around which meanings accrete thickly. Soap Bubbles as Commodities in Classical Physics. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Thomas rated it it was amazing Jan 13, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Karen Holloway rated it liked it Jan 03, Imagine a world without things. Peter Gallison’s contribution on soap bubbles and the way they were mobilized as scientific evidence is equally fascinating, and his attempt to make bubbles a protagonist by writing about them as if they were a person in the tale e.

Felicia Weiner rated it it was amazing Jun 15, History of ScienceArt History.