- Lucrèce, de la Nature des Choses, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Lucrece, de la Nature des Choses, Vol. 2 Apres cette theorie des sensations et des idees, le poete entre dans quelques dann relatifs 'a cette doctrine: 1? il combat les causes finales, en s'eﬂbrcant de prouver que nos organes n'ont pas ete faits en vue de nos besoins, mais que les hommes en ont use, parce qu'ils les ont tron ves faits; a il explique pourquoi le besoin de boire et (le manger est naturel a tous les animaux; 5? comment l'ame, cette substance si deliee, peut mouvoir une masse aussi pesante que nos Corps; 4? par quel mecanisme le sommeil vient a bout d'en80utdir toutes les facultes de l'ame et du corps, et d'ou viennent les Songes dont il est met - ent ac compagne. A l'occasion des songes, il traite ensuite de l'amour, dont il etait, comme Bull'dn, qu'il n'y qt1b le physique qui soit bqa, et contre lequel il avertit les hom mes de se mettre en garde, par les peintures eloquehtes qu'il fait du malheur des amants. Enfin il termine ce mor ceau et le livre entier par une espece de traﬂe anatqmi que et physique sur la generation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- The Practice of Light - A Genealogy of Visual Technologies from Prints to Pixels
An account of Western visual technologies since the Renaissance traces a history of the increasing control of light's intrinsic excess.
Light is the condition of all vision, and the visual media are our most important explorations of this condition. The history of visual technologies reveals a centuries-long project aimed at controlling light. In this book, Sean Cubitt traces a genealogy of the dominant visual media of the twenty-first century--digital video, film, and photography--through a history of materials and practices that begins with the inventions of intaglio printing and oil painting. Attending to the specificities of inks and pigments, cathode ray tubes, color film, lenses, screens, and chips, Cubitt argues that we have moved from a hierarchical visual culture focused on semantic values to a more democratic but value-free numerical commodity.
Cubitt begins with the invisibility of black, then builds from line to surface to volume and space. He describes Rembrandt's attempts to achieve pure black by tricking the viewer and the rise of geometry as a governing principle in visual technology, seen in Durer, Hogarth, and Disney, among others. He finds the origins of central features of digital imaging in nineteenth-century printmaking; examines the clash between the physics and psychology of color; explores the representation of space in shadows, layers, and projection; discusses modes of temporal order in still photography, cinema, television, and digital video; and considers the implications of a political aesthetics of visual technology.
- En Karriole a Traver's La Suède Et La Norwége (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from En Karriole A Traver's la Suede Et la Norwege N'allez pourtant pas croire que toute maison a Liibeck date du quatorzieme ou du quinzieme siecle; seulement, quand une de ces antiques demeures disparait, elle renait de ses cendres, rajeunie sans etre defiguree. Aussi Lubeck n'a t-il pas le caractere de certaines cites ou des quartiers antiques survivent a leur splendeur, et demeurent comme une tache du passe au milieu d'une ville moderne. Lubeck n'est pas une morte dont on vient admirer le linceul; c'est une origi nale qui s'habille aujourd'hui comme il y a cinq cents ans. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- The Future of Europe - Reform or Decline
A provocative argument that unless Europe takes serious action soon, its economic and political decline is unavoidable, and a clear statement of the steps Europe must take before it's too late.
Unless Europe takes action soon, its further economic and political decline is almost inevitable, economists Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi write in this provocative book. Without comprehensive reform, continental Western Europe's overprotected, overregulated economies will continue to slow--and its political influence will become negligible. This doesn't mean that Italy, Germany, France, and other now-prosperous countries will become poor; their standard of living will remain comfortable. But they will become largely irrelevant on the world scene. In The Future of Europe, Alesina and Giavazzi (themselves Europeans) outline the steps that Europe must take to prevent its economic and political eclipse.
Europe, the authors say, has much to learn from the market liberalism of America. Europeans work less and vacation more than Americans; they value job stability and security above all. Americans, Alesina and Giavazzi argue, work harder and longer and are more willing to endure the ups and downs of a market economy. Europeans prize their welfare states; Americans abhor government spending. America is a melting pot; European countries--witness the November 2005 unrest in France--have trouble absorbing their immigrant populations. If Europe is to arrest its decline, Alesina and Giavazzi warn, it needs to adopt something closer to the American free-market model for dealing with these issues.
Alesina and Giavazzi's prescriptions for how Europe should handle worker productivity, labor market regulation, globalization, support for higher education and technology research, fiscal policy, and its multiethnic societies are sure to stir controversy, as will their eye-opening view of the European Union and the euro. But their wake-up call will ring loud and clear for anyone concerned about the future of Europe and the global economy.
- Between Worlds - A Sourcebook of Central European Avant-Gardes 1910-1930
Hundreds of primary documents from the Central European artistic avant-gardes, most of them translated into English for the first time.
The avant-garde movements of Central Europe were an integral part of modernism's evolution as it reached its peak throughout the continent during the 1920s. Written documents--manifestoes, artists' statements, and reviews--were the lifeblood of these movements and, during the periods when political events conspired to isolate them, one of their few means of communication and exchange. Much of this crucial evidence has become lost to us, and the artistic avant-gardes of Central Europe have been a blind spot of modernist studies. Until their narratives have been recovered, the story of modernism will remain incomplete. In this book an international team of scholars has selected an essential compendium of documents that take an important step toward regaining this lost perspective. Between Worlds contains primary documents of the avant-gardes in Austria, the Czech lands, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia from 1910 to 1930. The manifestoes and magazines of Western European radical art circles are well known to Western scholars, but few have researched the pages of magazines such as Zenit, Integral, Punct, 75 HP, Tank, and Ma. We know about Italian Futurism but not about Polish Futurism. Few Westerners are aware that French surrealist magazines drew much of their inspiration from Czech publications. The hundreds of documents in the book, almost all of them translated into English for the first time, bring back into circulation landmark texts by the major writers, editors, artists, magazines, and movements of Central Europe. With this publication they are restored to their rightful place in the pantheon of modernism. Between Worlds is distributed for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.