18.253 Latour on immutable mobiles

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 08:59:45 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 253.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 07:53:33 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Latour on immutable mobiles

Allow me to recommend to your attention the article by Bruno Latour,
"Visualization and Cognition: Thinking with Eyes and Hands", Knowledge and
Society: Studies in the Sociology of Culture Past and Present 6 (1986):
1-40. (This can be a hard item to find because the journal is not all that
commonly available. ISSN: 0278-1557; BL shelfmark P.861/693.) Latour in
essence argues that modern scientific culture has come about as a result
not of changes in the mind or human consciousness but is a product of
certain conceptual tools allowing many things to be brought together
simultaneously without distortion to many places. He deals principally with
the printing press (citing Eisenstein's study prominently) and with
perspective drawing.


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