Category: books

providing matter with a mouth

I encountered this fragment by Stanislaw Lem that resonates with many things I have been reading recently, now helped by Lem’s clarity and…

more Meno

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

roads not taken

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

fine distinction

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

Bachelard on measuring

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…

virtuousness of technology

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…

machines and looms of nature

great quote from the preface of the ‘Micrographia’ by Robert Hooke (1665): “For the Members of the Assembly having before their eys so…
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