Notes on the Underground MIT Press: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination The MIT Press

MIT Press - The late nineteenth century saw a new fascination with the underground as Western societies tried to cope with the pervasive changes of a new social and technological order. Today we are more aware than ever of our limited biosphere and how vulnerable it is. Real and imagined undergrounds in the late nineteenth century viewed as offering a prophetic look at life in today's technology-dominated world.

The underground has always played a prominent role in human imaginings, both as a place of refuge and as a source of fear. She looks at the real-life invasions of the underground that occurred as modern urban infrastructures of sewers and subways were laid, and at the simultaneous archaeological excavations that were unearthing both human history and the planet's deep past.

In a new essay written for this edition, williams points out that her book traces the emergence in the nineteenth century of what we would now call an environmental consciousness―an awareness that there will be consequences when humans live in a sealed, finite environment. In notes on the underground, Rosalind Williams takes us inside that critical historical moment, giving equal coverage to actual and imaginary undergrounds.

Notes on the Underground MIT Press: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination The MIT Press - Notes on the underground, cultural, offers a guide to the human, now even more than when it first appeared, and technical consequences of what Williams calls “the human empire on earth. ”. She also examines the subterranean stories of Verne, Hugo, Forster, Bulwer-Lytton, Wells, and other writers who proposed alternative visions of the coming technological civilization.

Williams argues that these imagined and real underground environments provide models of human life in a world dominated by human presence and offer a prophetic look at today's technology-dominated society.

The House of the Dead Dover Thrift Editions

Dover Publications - Of this powerful autobiographical novel, Tolstoy wrote, "I know no better book in all modern literature. ". Describing in relentless detail the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, Dostoyevsky's character never loses faith in human qualities and the goodness of man. A haunting and remarkable work filled with wonder and resignation, The House of the Dead ranks among the Russian novelist's greatest masterpieces.

Accused of political subversion as a young man, fyodor dostoyevsky was sentenced to four years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp — a horrifying experience from which he developed this astounding semi-autobiographical memoir of a man condemned to ten years of servitude for murdering his wife. As with a number of the author's other works, this profoundly influential novel brilliantly explores his characters' thoughts while probing the depths of the human soul.

We Modern Library Classics

Modern Library - The novel takes the form of the diary of mathematician D-503, to his shock, who, experiences the most disruptive emotion imaginable: love. Zamyatin’s intuitive grasp of the irrational side of totalitarianism— human sacrifice, cruelty as an end in itself—makes We superior to Huxley’s Brave New World.

George orwelltranslated by natasha randall • foreword by Bruce Sterling   Written in 1921, We is set in the One State, where all live for the collective good and individual freedom does not exist. At once satirical and sobering—and now available in a powerful new translation—We is both a rediscovered classic and a work of tremendous relevance to our own times.

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Penguin Twentieth Century Classics - In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor', a mathematician who dreams in numbers, the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity - until D-503, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul. Set in the twenty-sixth century ad, we is the classic dystopian novel and was the forerunner of works such as George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired george Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet RussiaYevgeny Zamyatin's We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand. Clarence brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years' suppression.

We - Used book in Good Condition. Penguin Books. It was suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a resounding cry for individual freedom, yet is also a powerful, exciting and vivid work of science fiction.

Technology: Critical History of a Concept

University of Chicago Press - Schatzberg traces these three meanings to the present day, when discourse about technology has become pervasive, but confusion among the three principal meanings of technology remains common. In technology: critical history of a concept, Eric Schatzberg explains why technology is so difficult to define by examining its three thousand year history, one shaped by persistent tensions between scholars and technical practitioners.

Penguin Books. Scholars do little better, offering up competing definitions that include everything from steelmaking to singing. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, scholars have tended to hold technicians in low esteem, defining technical practices as mere means toward ends defined by others. It was only in the twentieth century that modern meanings of technology arose: technology as the industrial arts, technology as applied science, and technology as technique.

Technology: Critical History of a Concept - In modern life, technology is everywhere. Used book in Good Condition. Technicians, in contrast, creativity, insisting on the dignity, have repeatedly pushed back against this characterization, and cultural worth of their work. The tension between scholars and technicians continued from Aristotle through Francis Bacon and into the nineteenth century.

. Yet as a concept, technology is a mess.

A Geology of Media Electronic Mediations

Univ Of Minnesota Press - University of Minnesota Press. That is the premise of this pioneering and provocative book, geological formations, minerals, which argues that to adequately understand contemporary media culture we must set out from material realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s history, and energy. Used book in Good Condition.

. Not only are rare earth minerals and many other materials needed to make our digital media machines work, but used and obsolete media technologies return to the earth as residue of digital culture, he observes, contributing to growing layers of toxic waste for future archaeologists to ponder. Penguin Books.

A Geology of Media Electronic Mediations - While looking backward to earth’s distant past, implicitly, it also looks forward to a more expansive media theory—and, media activism—to come. Media history is millions, even billions, of years old. He shows that these materials must be considered alongside the often dangerous and exploitative labor processes that refine them into the devices underlying our seemingly virtual or immaterial practices.

A geology of media demonstrates that the environment does not just surround our media cultural world—it runs through it, enables it, and hosts it in an era of unprecedented climate change. And to do so, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, but hardly ephemeral, writes Jussi Parikka, realm of modern-day life.

Exploring the resource depletion and material resourcing required for us to use our devices to live networked lives, Parikka grounds his analysis in Siegfried Zielinski’s widely discussed notion of deep time—but takes it back millennia.

Nature as Event: The Lure Of The Possible Thought in the Act

Duke University Press - What remains of the frontiers of modern thought that divided the living from the inert, the apparent from the real, value from fact, subjectivity from objectivity, and the human from the nonhuman? Can the great oppositions that presided over the modern invention of nature still claim any cogency? In Nature as Event, Didier Debaise shows how new narratives and cosmologies are necessary to rearticulate that which until now had been separated.

Following william james and Alfred North Whitehead, Debaise presents a pluralistic approach to nature. University of Minnesota Press. What would happen if we attributed subjectivity and potential to all beings, human and nonhuman? Why should we not consider aesthetics and affect as the fabric that binds all existence? And what if the senses of importance and value were no longer understood to be exclusively limited to the human? Used book in Good Condition.

Nature as Event: The Lure Of The Possible Thought in the Act - Penguin Books. We have entered a new era of nature.

Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment

Actar - How do we make sense of the earth at a moment in which it is presented in crisis? Geostories is a manifesto for the environmental imagination that renders sensible the issues of climate change and through geographic fiction invites readers to relate to the complexity of Earth systems in their vast scales of time and space.

Penguin Books. The book is organized into three sections–terrarium, planetarium, aquarium, each of which revisits such devices of wonder that assemble publics around representations of the Earth. The series of architectural projects becomes a medium to synthesize different forms and scales of knowledge on technological externalities, ocean acidification, water shortage, trash, such as oil extraction, air pollution, space debris, deep-sea mining, and a host of other social-ecological issues.

Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment - Through design research, geostories brings together spatial history, projective design, geographic representation, and material public assemblies to speculate on ways of living with such legacy technologies on the planet. University of Minnesota Press. Used book in Good Condition.

Technics and Civilization

University of Chicago Press - Equal parts powerful history and polemic criticism, Technics and Civilization was the first comprehensive attempt in English to portray the development of the machine age over the last thousand years—and to predict the pull the technological still holds over us today. The questions posed in the first paragraph of Technics and Civilization still deserve our attention, nearly three quarters of a century after they were written.

Journal of technology and Culture Used book in Good Condition. Mumford sagely argued that it was the moral, economic, and political choices we made, not the machines that we used, that determined our then industrially driven economy. Drawing upon art, science, philosophy, and the history of culture, Lewis Mumford explained the origin of the machine age and traced its social results, asserting that the development of modern technology had its roots in the Middle Ages rather than the Industrial Revolution.

Technics and Civilization - Penguin Books. University of Chicago Press. Technics and civilization first presented its compelling history of the machine and critical study of its effects on civilization in 1934—before television, the personal computer, and the Internet even appeared on our periphery. University of Minnesota Press.

The Second Digital Turn: Design Beyond Intelligence Writing Architecture

The MIT Press - The first digital turn in architecture changed our ways of making; the second changes our ways of thinking. Almost a generation ago, the early software for computer aided design and manufacturing CAD/CAM spawned a style of smooth and curving lines and surfaces that gave visible form to the first digital age, and left an indelible mark on contemporary architecture.

But today's digitally intelligent architecture no longer looks that way. In the second digital turn, mario carpo explains that this is because the design professions are now coming to terms with a new kind of digital tools they have adopted―no longer tools for making but tools for thinking. In the early 1990s the design professions were the first to intuit and interpret the new technical logic of the digital age: digital mass-customization the use of digital tools to mass-produce variations at no extra cost has already changed the way we produce and consume almost everything, and the same technology applied to commerce at large is now heralding a new society without scale―a flat marginal cost society where bigger markets will not make anything cheaper.

The Second Digital Turn: Design Beyond Intelligence Writing Architecture - But today, the unprecedented power of computation also favors a new kind of science where prediction can be based on sheer information retrieval, and form finding by simulation and optimization can replace deduction from mathematical formulas. Designers have been toying with machine thinking and machine learning for some time, and the apparently unfathomable complexity of the physical shapes they are now creating already expresses a new form of artificial intelligence, outside the tradition of modern science and alien to the organic logic of our mind.

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The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology The MIT Press

The MIT Press - An anniversary edition of an influential book that introduced a groundbreaking approach to the study of science, technology, and society. This pioneering book, first published in 1987, launched the new field of social studies of technology. University of Minnesota Press. University of Chicago Press. It introduced a method of inquiry―social construction of technology, or SCOT―that became a key part of the wider discipline of science and technology studies.

Used book in Good Condition. The approaches in this volume―collectively called scot after the volume's title have since broadened their scope, and twenty-five years after the publication of this book, it is difficult to think of a technology that has not been studied from a SCOT perspective and impossible to think of a technology that cannot be studied that way.

The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology The MIT Press - The book helped the mit press shape its STS list and inspired the Inside Technology series. The thirteen essays in the book tell stories about such varied technologies as thirteenth-century galleys, eighteenth-century cooking stoves, and twentieth-century missile systems. Mit Press. Penguin Books. Taken together, they affirm the fruitfulness of an approach to the study of technology that gives equal weight to technical, social, and political questions, economic, and they demonstrate the illuminating effects of the integration of empirics and theory.