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Disappearing Through The Skylight: Culture And Technology In The Twentieth Century

O. B. Hardison, Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0670825050 / ISBN 13: 9780670825059
Published by Viking, New York, 1989
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New York: Viking, 1989. First edition. Tall 8vo. Hard cover binding, 389 pp. Illustrated throughout. Fine in fine dust jacket, protected with an archival-quality mylar cover. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 018530

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Title: Disappearing Through The Skylight: Culture ...

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Illustrated

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Highlights this century's technology explosion as a major contributor to the alarming dissolution of culture, in a scholarly but witty treatise on the present state, and future, of Western civilization

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Hardison, English professor (Georgetown), Shakespearean scholar, and amateur physicist, is always entertaining and often thought-provoking, as in Entering the Maze: Identity & Change in Modern Culture (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1981); here, he is very successful at placing the advent of technology within the context of our century. Through witty and elegantly written chapters on art, architecture, music, and poetry, he weaves a cogent and coherent theory on how the world left the domain of philosophers and classical artists and entered that of mathematicians and computer scientists. When our capacity to envision nature as solid and tangible "disappeared through the skylight," our ability to envision what nature and science consist of was irrevocably altered. Of the current titles that seem to address this subject, this is by far the best: Hardison illustrates, cleverly and vividly, by example. Challenging but highly readable, the book should spark discussion. Fascinating and well conceived.
- Mark Shelton, Columbus, Ohio
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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