Friday, February 11, 2011

Book: Sublime Dreams of Living Machines

Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination
Due out late in February of 2011 is a most intriguing book by Minsoo Kang entitled Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination. The book explores the Western world's fascination with automata in order to better understand ourselves as humans.

From the book's press release:
Kang tracks the first appearance of the automaton in ancient myths through the medieval and Renaissance periods, marks the proliferation of the automaton as a central intellectual concept in the Scientific Revolution and the subsequent backlash during the Enlightenment, and details appearances in Romantic literature and the introduction of the living machine in the Industrial Age. He concludes with a reflection on the destructive confrontation between humanity and machinery in the modern era and the reverberations of the humanity-machinery theme today.

That is an impressive scope of inquiry! This book is sure to be a fascinating read for anyone interested in automata.

Here is where you can get the book: Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination.



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2 Comments:

Anonymous Falk Keuten said...

Only 20 pictures and 3 tables on nearly 400 pages (as written on the publishers site) ?
Greets Falk

February 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...

Hi Falk,

I just flipped through the book. Those numbers look correct. It is very scholarly, emphasizing literary sources. There are 50 pages worth of end notes!

-Dug

February 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM  

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