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The Myth Of The Machine

Author : Lewis Mumford
ISBN : 0156623412
Genre : Technological civilization
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Bibilography, v. 2, p. 439-469.
Category: Technological civilization

Deception Lies

Author : David Maharaj
ISBN : 140333711X
Genre : Political Science
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Category: Political Science

Inventing The Cotton Gin

Author : Angela Lakwete
ISBN : 0801873940
Genre : History
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Angela Lakwete revisits the myths evoked by Eli Whitney's cottin gin and discovers that gins existe for centuries before his 1794 invention. Her compelling study explores this tool as an artifact of global history and a barometer of southern industrial development.
Category: History

Gods And Robots

Author : Adrienne Mayor
ISBN : 9780691202266
Genre : History
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Traces the story of how ancient cultures envisioned artificial life, automata, self-moving devices and human enhancements, sharing insights into how the mythologies of the past related to and shaped ancient machine innovations.
Category: History

Queen Of Caelum

Author : Dan Watt
ISBN : 0973476826
Genre :
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Terren Foe is sent to the planet Terra Verte to capture the notorious Children of the Myth slaver, Thrain, and to accomplish a devious task. He is ordered to do exactly what the Queen of Caelum tells him to do as she helps him find Thrain. However, on the planet Terra Verte, machinery won't work, and slavers on the world Sierra, made Terren half machine. As he follows the Queen through dangerous lands his mechanical left side becomes useless. He also discovers the Queen is looking for Thrain for her own reasons.

Time Machine

Author : George Edgar Slusser
ISBN : 0820322903
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Acclaimed as a work of genius when first published in 1895, The Time Machine represents a revolution in storytelling. H. G. Wells's first--and greatest--novel has been recognized worldwide as a founding text of the science fiction genre and one of the most seminal narratives of the last hundred years. This collection of essays offers a series of original, penetrating, and wide-ranging perspectives on Wells's masterpiece by an international group of major Wells and science fiction scholars. The authors explore such textual topics as the narrative techniques and mythological undertones of the novel as well as its contribution to modern ideas of time and evolution and its focusing of the intellectual cross-currents of the late nineteenth century. This insightful volume captures the innovative imagination, richness, and fascinating ambiguity that resulted in a classic literary work and demonstrates that Wells's novel is both a visionary story and an unstoppable idea.
Category: Literary Criticism

Rereading The Machine In The Garden

Author : Eric Erbacher
ISBN : 9783593501918
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The volume reexamines the trope of the intrusive machine and the regenerative pastoral garden, laid out fifty years ago by Leo Marx inThe Machine in the Garden, one of the founding texts of American Studies. Contributions explore the lasting influence of the trope in American culture and the arts, rereading it as a dialectics where nature is as much technologized as technology is naturalized. They trace this dialectic trope in filmic and literary representations of industrial, bureaucratic, and digital gardens; they explore its function in the aftermath of the civil war, the rural electrification during the New Deal, in landscape art, and in ethnic literatures; and they discuss the historical premises and lasting influence of Leo Marx's seminal study.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Futurism And The Technological Imagination

Author : Günter Berghaus
ISBN : 9789042027473
Genre : Art
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This volume, Futurism and the Technological Imagination, results from a conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas in Helsinki. It contains a number of re-written conference contributions as well as several specially commissioned essays that address various aspects of the Futurists' relationship to technology both on an ideological level and with regard to their artistic languages.In the early twentieth century, many art movements vied with each other to overhaul the aesthetic and ideological foundations of arts and literature and to make them suitable vehicles of expression in the new Era of the Machine. Some of the most remarkable examples came from the Futurist movement, founded in 1909 by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.By addressing the full spectrum of Futurist attitudes to science and the machine world, this collection of 14 essays offers a multifaceted account of the complex and often contradictory features of the Futurist technological imagination. The volume will appeal to anybody interested in the history of modern culture, art and literature.
Category: Art

The Bioregional Economy

Author : Molly Scott Cato
ISBN : 9781136181733
Genre : Business & Economics
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In a world of climate change and declining oil supplies, what is the plan for the provisioning of resources? Green economists suggest a need to replace the globalised economy, and its extended supply chains, with a more ‘local’ economy. But what does this mean in more concrete terms? How large is a local economy, how self-reliant can it be, and what resources will still need to be imported? The concept of the ‘bioregion’ — developed and popularised within the disciplines of earth sciences, biosciences and planning — may facilitate the reconceptualisation of the global economy as a system of largely self-sufficient local economies. A bioregional approach to economics assumes a different system of values to that which dominates neoclassical economics. The global economy is driven by growth, and the consumption ethic that matches this is one of expansion in range and quantity. Goods are defined as scarce, and access to them is a process based on competition. The bioregional approach challenges every aspect of that value system. It seeks a new ethic of consumption that prioritises locality, accountability and conviviality in the place of expansion and profit; it proposes a shift in the focus of the economy away from profits and towards provisioning; and it assumes a radical reorientation of work from employment towards livelihood. This book by leading green economist Molly Scott Cato sets out a visionary and yet rigorous account of what a bioregional approach to the economy would mean — and how to get there from here.
Category: Business & Economics