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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, Jeffrey Burton Russell
 

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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 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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520231955
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
1,153,292
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword, by Jeffrey Burton Russell
Introduction: Little Things Mean a Lot
1. Of Times When Dust Was the Companion of All
2. Old Metaphors and New Measures of the Microcosm
3. Early Discernment of the Minute
4. The Great Cleanup
5. Atoms and Microbes: New Guides to the Small and Invisible
6. Discerning the Invisible for the Good of the Nation
7. Lighting Up the Microcosm
8. The Snake Still Lurks
Conclusion: Who Will Tremble at These Marvels?
Notes
Bibliographic Essay
Personal Thoughts and Thanks

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