Dust: A History of the Small and the Invisible

3.33 avg rating
( 49 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780520231955: Dust: A History of the Small and the Invisible
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

While the story of the big has often been told, the story of the small has not yet even been outlined. With Dust, Joseph Amato enthralls the reader with the first history of the small and the invisible. Dust is a poetic meditation on how dust has been experienced and the small has been imagined across the ages. Examining a thousand years of Western civilization—from the naturalism of medieval philosophy, to the artistry of the Renaissance, to the scientific and industrial revolutions, to the modern worlds of nanotechnology and viral diseases—Dust offers a savvy story of the genesis of the microcosm.

Dust, which fills the deepest recesses of space, pervades all earthly things. Throughout the ages it has been the smallest yet the most common element of everyday life. Of all small things, dust has been the most minute particulate the eye sees and the hand touches. Indeed, until this century, dust was simply accepted as a fundamental condition of life; like darkness, it marked the boundary between the seen and the unseen.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"Amato melds social, medical, and political history with concepts of hygiene, public policy, and natural sciences--all in the name of dust."--"Science News

Synopsis:

While the story of the big has often been told, the story of the small has not yet even been outlined. This text provides a history of the small and the invisible, meditating on how dust has been experienced and the small has been imagined across the ages. Examining a thousand years of Western civilization - from the naturalism of medieval philosophy, to the artistry of the Renaissance, to the scientific and industrial revolutions, to the modern worlds of nanotechnology and viral diseases - the book offers a story of the genesis of the microcosm.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780520218758: Dust: A History of the Small and the Invisible

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0520218752 ISBN 13: 9780520218758
Publisher: University of California Press, 2000
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Joseph A. Amato
Published by University of California Press, United States (2001)
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of California Press, United States, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Abigail Rorer (illustrator). Language: English. Brand new Book. While the story of the big has often been told, the story of the small has not yet even been outlined. With Dust, Joseph Amato enthralls the reader with the first history of the small and the invisible. Dust is a poetic meditation on how dust has been experienced and the small has been imagined across the ages. Examining a thousand years of Western civilization--from the naturalism of medieval philosophy, to the artistry of the Renaissance, to the scientific and industrial revolutions, to the modern worlds of nanotechnology and viral diseases--Dust offers a savvy story of the genesis of the microcosm. Dust, which fills the deepest recesses of space, pervades all earthly things. Throughout the ages it has been the smallest yet the most common element of everyday life. Of all small things, dust has been the most minute particulate the eye sees and the hand touches. Indeed, until this century, dust was simply accepted as a fundamental condition of life; like darkness, it marked the boundary between the seen and the unseen. With the full advent of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and social control, dust has been partitioned, dissected, manipulated, and even invented.In place of traditional and generic dust, a highly diverse particulate has been discovered and examined. Like so much else that was once considered minute, dust has been magnified by the twentieth-century transformations of our conception of the small. These transformations--which took form in the laboratory through images of atoms, molecules, cells, and microbes--defined anew not only dust and the physical world but also the human body and mind. Amato dazzles the reader with his account of how this powerful microcosm challenges the imagination to grasp the magnitude of the small, and the infinity of the finite. Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Book of 2000. Seller Inventory # AAU9780520231955

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
18.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Amato, Joseph A.
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 434817-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
16.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Joseph A Amato
Published by University of California Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description University of California Press, 2001. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # WF-9780520231955

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
18.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Joseph A. Amato
Published by University of California Press, United States (2001)
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of California Press, United States, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Abigail Rorer (illustrator). Language: English. Brand new Book. While the story of the big has often been told, the story of the small has not yet even been outlined. With Dust, Joseph Amato enthralls the reader with the first history of the small and the invisible. Dust is a poetic meditation on how dust has been experienced and the small has been imagined across the ages. Examining a thousand years of Western civilization--from the naturalism of medieval philosophy, to the artistry of the Renaissance, to the scientific and industrial revolutions, to the modern worlds of nanotechnology and viral diseases--Dust offers a savvy story of the genesis of the microcosm. Dust, which fills the deepest recesses of space, pervades all earthly things. Throughout the ages it has been the smallest yet the most common element of everyday life. Of all small things, dust has been the most minute particulate the eye sees and the hand touches. Indeed, until this century, dust was simply accepted as a fundamental condition of life; like darkness, it marked the boundary between the seen and the unseen. With the full advent of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and social control, dust has been partitioned, dissected, manipulated, and even invented.In place of traditional and generic dust, a highly diverse particulate has been discovered and examined. Like so much else that was once considered minute, dust has been magnified by the twentieth-century transformations of our conception of the small. These transformations--which took form in the laboratory through images of atoms, molecules, cells, and microbes--defined anew not only dust and the physical world but also the human body and mind. Amato dazzles the reader with his account of how this powerful microcosm challenges the imagination to grasp the magnitude of the small, and the infinity of the finite. Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Book of 2000. Seller Inventory # AAU9780520231955

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
18.33
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Amato, Joseph a
Published by Perseus - UCAL POD (2001)
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)

Book Description Perseus - UCAL POD, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0004017362

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
16.23
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Joseph A. Amato, Abigail Rorer (Illustrator), Jeffrey Burton Russell (Foreword)
Published by University of California Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description University of California Press, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0520231953

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
20.68
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Joseph Anthony Amato
Published by University of California Press 2001-11-26, Berkeley, Calif. |London (2001)
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of California Press 2001-11-26, Berkeley, Calif. |London, 2001. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780520231955

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
15.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Joseph A. Amato
Published by University of California Press
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of California Press. Paperback / softback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780520231955

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
14.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Joseph A Amato
Published by University of California Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of California Press, 2001. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # WF-9780520231955

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
16.84
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Amato, Joseph Anthony
Published by University of California Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0520231953 ISBN 13: 9780520231955
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1

Book Description University of California Press, 2001. Condition: New. 2001. New Ed. Paperback. Examining a thousand years of Western civilization - from the naturalism of medieval philosophy, to the artistry of the Renaissance, to the scientific and industrial revolutions, to the modern worlds of nanotechnology and viral diseases - this title offers a story of the genesis of the microcosm. Illustrator(s): Rorer, Abigail. Num Pages: 262 pages, 20 line illustrations, 1 table. BIC Classification: JFCX; RBP. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 154 x 202 x 19. Weight in Grams: 336. . . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9780520231955

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
22.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book