Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century

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BACONIAN EMPIRISM, COMPUTER ART, AND THE NEW SCIENCE OF CHAOS. AT THE HEART OF HARDISON'S INQUIRY US THE NOTION OF "HOLISTIC COMMUNICATIONS" - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN "MESSAGE" AND "STATIC" IN MODERN CULTURE - WHICH WILL BE MADE TANGIBLE IN THE TEXT ITSELF THROUGH THE USE OF BLACK AND WHITE (AND POSSIBLY COLOUR) ILLUSTRATIONS. SAYS SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE: "IF ANYONE QUALIFIES FOR THAT MUCH-ABUSED DESCRIPTION - RENAISSANCE MAN - OB HARDISON DOES ...NO AREA IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR HIM." THE PROOF WILL BE READILY FOUND IN DISAPPEARING THROUGH THE SKYLIGHT, A BOOK READERS WILL COMPARE TO GODEL, EACHER, BACH, GEORGE JOHNSON'S MACHINERY OF THE MIND, OR JAMES GLEICH'S CHAOS.

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