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The Resource Invisible : the dangerous allure of the unseen, Philip Ball

Invisible : the dangerous allure of the unseen, Philip Ball

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Invisible : the dangerous allure of the unseen
Title
Invisible
Title remainder
the dangerous allure of the unseen
Statement of responsibility
Philip Ball
Title variation
Dangerous allure of the unseen
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
If you could be invisible, what would you do? The chances are that it would have something to do with power, wealth or sex. But there is no need to feel guilty. Impulses like these have always been at the heart of our fascination with invisibility: it points to realms beyond our senses, serves as a receptacle for fears and dreams, and hints at worlds where other rules apply. Invisibility is a mighty power and a terrible curse, a sexual promise, a spiritual condition. This is a history of humanity's turbulent relationship with the invisible. It takes on the myths and morals of Plato, the occult obsessions of the Middle Ages, the trickeries and illusions of stage magic, the auras and ethers of Victorian physics, military strategies to camouflage armies and ships and the discovery of invisibly small worlds. From the medieval to the cutting-edge, fairy tales to telecommunications, from beliefs about the supernatural to the discovery of dark energy, this book reveals the universe of the invisible
Summary
"If offered the chance—by cloak, spell, or superpower—to be invisible, who wouldn’t want to give it a try? We are drawn to the idea of stealthy voyeurism and the ability to conceal our own acts, but as desirable as it may seem, invisibility is also dangerous. It is not just an optical phenomenon, but a condition full of ethical questions. As esteemed science writer Philip Ball reveals in this book, the story of invisibility is not so much a matter of how it might be achieved but of why we want it and what we would do with it."--Publisher's description
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10411359
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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1962-
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Ball, Philip
Dewey number
306
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Optical illusions
  • Optical illusions
  • Invisibility
  • Invisibility
Target audience
adult
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the dangerous allure of the unseen
Label
Invisible : the dangerous allure of the unseen, Philip Ball
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000053163070
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 320 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781847922892
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)881024581
Label
Invisible : the dangerous allure of the unseen, Philip Ball
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000053163070
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 320 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781847922892
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)881024581

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