Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

A History of the Human Love Affair With Reflection

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the invention of the mirror and its fascinating impact on human history, science, myth, religion, the arts, and manners, detailing its key use in a wide variety of human activities, including the mirror's important role in the use and understanding of light. 40,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
Of all human inventions, the mirror is perhaps the one most closely connected to our own consciousness. As our first technology for contemplation of the self, the mirror is arguably as important an invention as the wheel. Mirror Mirror is the fascinating story of the mirror's invention, refinement, and use in an astonishing range of human activities--from the fantastic mirrored rooms that wealthy Romans created for their orgies to the mirror's key role in the use and understanding of light. Pendergrast spins tales of the 2,500year mystery of whether Archimedes and his "burning mirror" really set faraway Roman ships on fire; the medieval Venetian glassmakers, who perfected the technique of making large, flat mirrors from clear glass and for whom any attempt to leave their cloistered island was punishable by death; Isaac Newton, whose experiments with sunlight on mirrors once left him blinded for three days; the artist David Hockney, who holds controversial ideas about Renaissance artists and their use of optical devices; and George Ellery Hale, the manic-depressive astronomer and telescope enthusiast who inspired (and gave his name to) the twentieth century's largest ground-based telescope. Like mirrors themselves, Mirror Mirror is a book of endless wonder and fascination.

The fascinating tale of one of the most remarkable inventions in human history and its effects on science, myth, religion, manners, and the arts


Book News
Touching upon such topics as literature, psychology, sex, scientific discovery and invention, art, and industrial espionage, this work explores the history of the mirror in human cultures. The narrative travels from the first known manufactured copper mirrors in Persia to the beryllium mirror used in the space-launched Infrared Astronomical Satellite. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Chronicles the invention of the mirror and its impact on human history, science, myth, religion, the arts, and manners, detailing its key use in a wide variety of human activities.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2003
ISBN: 9780465054701
0465054706
Branch Call Number: 535.323 Pen
Characteristics: xii, 404 p. : ill

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