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The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology After Napoleon Hardcover – 12 Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (12 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226812200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226812205
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,216,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Tresch, in this beautifully written and masterfully researched book, tackles the age-old gap between romanticism and science, and succeeds in bridging a divide that is so long-established that it has become the basic template for many researchers in the field. . . . [A] major tour de force."--Benjamin Bacle "French Studies ""

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John Tresch is associate professor in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
rethinking romanticism 8 Jan 2014
By JOHN L.MCCREERY - Published on
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Is romanticism inherently opposed to science and technology and intrinsically linked to fascism? For a few brief decades at the start of the nineteenth century, at least in Paris, the answer was no. Human, machine, and nature were seen as integral parts of a more rational, egalitarian, and harmonious future. _Romantic Machines_ brings that historical moment to vivid life and projects an appealing alternative to currently popular dystopian views. A must-read for policy makers and concerned citizens alike.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
subtle and careful yet staggeringly ambitious-- 23 May 2012
By Poetry Fan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There's a great deal to say about this book--much more than should appear in one of these little reviews, but I'm so knocked out by this book I needed to express my esteem right away. I should say first that this is really the best looking university press book I've ever seen. It's worth springing for the hardcover over the kindle. Also, with the hardcover version it is easier to see the illustrations that have been meticulously culled and presented here.That might be my own prejudice.

So in this space I'll just also say that the book covers so much ground that it really can be used in a wide array of contexts--history/science/ and literary courses. But it also strikes me that this book can appeal to a general reader since by crossing so many methods and disciplines, the author never gets bogged down in jargon. At every turn it is rigorous and learned, as well, and clearly it will leave a lasting mark in how we think about the ways that technology and ideas of self, culture, history are all intertwined. In fact what Tresch most brilliantly shows is that all things are much more intertwined than we usually can see. The writing is clear and illuminating and the scholarship meticulous and provocative. Would that all researches this careful about the material and as committed to the prose.
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