Dust: A History of the Small and the Invisible / Edition 1

Dust: A History of the Small and the Invisible / Edition 1

by Joseph A. Amato
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520231953

ISBN-13: 9780520231955

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

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 invistble. 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 --

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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 invistble. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520231955
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Introduction: Little Things Mean a Lot1
1.Of Times When Dust Was the Companion of All15
2.Old Metaphors and New Measures of the Microcosm36
3.Early Discernment of the Minute47
4.The Great Cleanup67
5.Atoms and Microbes: New Guides to the Small and Invisible92
6.Discerning the Invisible for the Good of the Nation110
7.Lighting Up the Microcosm126
8.The Snake Still Lurks143
Conclusion: Who Will Tremble at These Marvels?157
Notes179
Bibliographic Essay221
Personal Thoughts and Thanks237

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