The Alchemy of Us

How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another
MIT Press
  • erschienen am 6. April 2021
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 328 Seiten
978-0-262-54226-5 (ISBN)
In the bestselling tradition of Stuff Matters and The Disappearing Spoon: a clever and engaging look at materials, the innovations they made possible, and how these technologies changed us.

In The Alchemy of Us, scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions--clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips--and reveals how they shaped the human experience. Ramirez tells the stories of the woman who sold time, the inventor who inspired Edison, and the hotheaded undertaker whose invention pointed the way to the computer. She describes, among other things, how our pursuit of precision in timepieces changed how we sleep; how the railroad helped commercialize Christmas; how the necessary brevity of the telegram influenced Hemingway's writing style; and how a young chemist exposed the use of Polaroid's cameras to create passbooks to track black citizens in apartheid South Africa. These fascinating and inspiring stories offer new perspectives on our relationships with technologies.
  • Englisch
  • Cambridge (Massachusetts)
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  • USA
MIT Press Ltd
102 black and white photos
  • Höhe: 220 mm
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  • Breite: 155 mm
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  • Dicke: 30 mm
  • 522 gr
978-0-262-54226-5 (9780262542265)

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Ainissa Ramirez
Chapter 1: Interact
Chapter 2: Connect
Chapter 3: Convey
Chapter 4: Capture
Chapter 5: See
Chapter 6: Share
Chapter 7: Discover
Chapter 8: Think
Annotated Bibliography
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