A cabinet of beguiling yet useful curiosities: the objects that get jobs done, improve domestic and working lives, and make our houses more comfortable.
These are the tools of life, some developed according to our basic human needs, some for less obvious ends, still others from vanishing trades, yet all display a beauty and meaning beyond their function.
Author: David Usborne
Category: Industrial design
These genuine, bizarre domestic and professional designs, registered in the nineteenth century for the most unlikely innovations, have been boxed away - until now - deep in the vaults of The National Archives. Meticulous illustrations and descriptions accompany the weirdest of claims for making daily life in a newly industrialized world that little bit easier.
Other titles of interest published by Thames & Hudson include: Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living Objectivity: A Designer's Book of Curious Tools Cyclepedia: A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs The Bicycle Artisans ...
Author: Julie Halls
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Category: Technology & Engineering
At last architects have discovered the free form shape - multiple curved surfaces, which do not exist in Cartesian geometry. What has long been usual in product design is now being adopted in architecture, these shapes are being generated by special software, and then they are subsequently built. Some young and innovative architectural firms have seized the opportunity to expand the boundaries of architectural space, showing a willingness to experiment with the new technology, and these young architects, or blobmeister as Wes Jones rather negatively called them, are now moving on to built examples. In this book, 11 examples from Europe, the USA and Japan are presented, showing that far from being out of touch with reality, cyber-architects do transform their dreams into actual buildings, thus concluding the endless alternatives and possibilities implicit in every design. For it is only built architecture which shows true mastery. This volume extensively documents the complex design process, from the digital conception of the designs, the creation of models, to the final photographs of the building sites and the finished structures. Thematic essays give the reader an insight into the history of the digital scene, assessing its influence on architectural culture to date and evaluating its future potential. The accompanying CD-Rom shows dynamic animations.
I became consciously curious about how the musical avant - garde was absorbing the impact of computers and ... The main insight I gained was that the attempt to design computer tools for design was misguided in a critical way : most ...
Author: Marcos Novak
Explores how humans can take the lives of animals and plants while maintaining a proper respect both for ecosystems and for those who live in them. We eat, inevitably, at the expense of other living creatures. How can we take the lives of plants and animals while maintaining a proper respect for both ecosystems and the individuals who live in them—including ourselves? In this book philosopher J. Claude Evans challenges much of the accepted wisdom in environmental ethics and argues that human participation in the natural cycles of life and death can have positive moral value. With a guide for the nonphilosophical reader, and set against the background of careful and penetrating critiques of Albert Schweitzer’s principle of reverence for life and Paul Taylor’s philosophy of respect for nature, Evans uses hunting and catch-and-release fishing as test cases in calling for a robust sense of membership in the natural world. The result is an approachable, existential philosophy that emphasizes the positive value of human involvement in natural processes in which life and death, giving and receiving, self and other are intertwined. J. Claude Evans is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Washington University and is the author of several books, including Strategies of Deconstruction: Derrida and the Myth of the Voice.
Why does Scully arrive at this state of affairs, the religious point of view from which most of his book is written standing in ... The key to what is going on is found in a curious change in Scully's attitude toward science.
Author: J. Claude Evans
Publisher: SUNY Press
Comprehensive and up-to-date, it covers the most vital part of software development, independent verification and validation. Presents a variety of methods that will ensure better quality, performance, cost and reliability of technical products and systems. Features numerous hints, tips and instructions for better interaction between verification and validation personnel, development engineers and managers. Includes 8 case histories ranging from major engineering systems through information systems. Many of the principles involved also apply to computer hardware as well as the fields of science and engineering.
I was also quite curious about what impact Ada , fourth - generation languages ( 4GLs ) , and the proliferation of software tools that were emerging in the marketplace would have on IV & V ; in essence , would these things eliminate the ...
Author: Robert O. Lewis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
a dogmatically , as a body of objective facts , but rather as a continuing quest , a mode of free and critical ... Scientists are human beings , immersed in culture , and struggling with all the curious tools of inference that mind ...
How is dramatherapy practised? What does research reveal about how dramatherapy offers therapeutic change? This book examines the many ways clients and therapists explore the therapeutic possibilities of drama. Whilst the first volume combined theory, practice and research in the field, this second volume concentrates on clinical material from a range of contexts, with thorough description and analysis of therapeutic work. Bringing together international contributors, chapters explore work with various client groups in an array of contexts, including: work with clients with learning disabilities, dementia, HIV and cancer work with children, adults, older adults, families and women's groups contexts including the justice system, education, family therapy and neurorehabilitation. Drama as Therapy Volume 2: Clinical Work and Research into Practice is not only a welcome companion to the first volume, but also is an important stand alone work which will be of great interest to all those studying, practicing or with an interest in dramatherapy.
The design, goals and outcomes need to be fitted to the framework and available resources within which the research operates. This is not to say that the kinds of research tools and methods are necessarily different.
Author: Phil Jones
Conventional wisdom has it that the sciences, properly pursued, constitute a pure, value-free method of obtaining knowledge about the natural world. In light of the social and normative dimensions of many scientific debates, Helen Longino finds that general accounts of scientific methodology cannot support this common belief. Focusing on the notion of evidence, the author argues that a methodology powerful enough to account for theories of any scope and depth is incapable of ruling out the influence of social and cultural values in the very structuring of knowledge. The objectivity of scientific inquiry can nevertheless be maintained, she proposes, by understanding scientific inquiry as a social rather than an individual process. Seeking to open a dialogue between methodologists and social critics of the sciences, Longino develops this concept of "contextual empiricism" in an analysis of research programs that have drawn criticism from feminists. Examining theories of human evolution and of prenatal hormonal determination of "gender-role" behavior, of sex differences in cognition, and of sexual orientation, the author shows how assumptions laden with social values affect the description, presentation, and interpretation of data. In particular, Longino argues that research on the hormonal basis of "sex-differentiated behavior" involves assumptions not only about gender relations but also about human action and agency. She concludes with a discussion of the relation between science, values, and ideology, based on the work of Habermas, Foucault, Keller, and Haraway.
This is an important book precisely because there is none other quite like it."--Evelyn Fox Keller, author of Reflections on Gender and Science
Author: Helen E. Longino
Due to their documentary character , Williams's photoworks appear to be highly objective at a first glance , an impression that is ... textual objectivity and intriguing visual subjectivity makes the beholder both doubtful and curious .
Author: Christopher Williams
Publisher: Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen
Category: Art, American