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handbag with key hiding in plain sight in 'Dial M for Murder' by Alfred Hitchcock.

An unexpected encounter with an old question on pages 21-22 of Michael Polanyi, “The Tacit Dimension”, University of Chicago Press, 2009: “It is a commonplace […]

ursae minoris

still from the visuals of 'Ursae Minoris'.

Recently I have been working intensively to finish a new project called ‘Ursae Minoris’, in collaboration with composer Claudio F. Baroni and double bass player […]

roads not taken

the first operational "numeric control" milling machine at MIT in 1951.

    Some time ago I referred to one of David Noble’s books, since it led me on to the writings of Lynn White, but […]

fine distinction

cover of the 1967 edition.

Since I wrote my somewhat longish post on analog computing, many things have happened. For instance, I have become the proud owner of an EAI […]

scanning electrometer

a scan with the scanner upside down.

At the moment I am working to improve a rather elementary sensor for electrostatic fields, in an attempt to use it to make images. Since […]

Bachelard on measuring

bachelard_essai

Reading the second chapter of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger‘s ‘Epistemologie des Konkreten’ triggered me to start reading Gaston Bachelards writings on the philosophy of science and epistemology. […]

virtuousness of technology

Temperantia with a clock, bridle, spectacles and windmill as attributes (1450), Bodleian Library MS Laud 570, fol 16r.

Recently I’ve been reading Langdon Winner’s wise “The Whale and the Reactor” and David Noble’s great “The Religion of Technology“, books that I can not […]