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Data Soliloquies Hardcover – 1 Jan 2010

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: UCL Environment Institute; 1st edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903305046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903305044
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 21.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...Despite "belonging"; to the field of art and humanities, neither Hamblyn nor Callanan are strangers to science and technology. Richard Hamblyn is an environmental writer and historian who has developed a particular interest in clouds, and Martin John Callanan is an artist whose remarkably conceptual work merges art and different types of media. This may be the cause that Data Soliloquies is by no means a shy penetration into a foreign field of knowledge but a solid discourse which presents a richly documented critique of the apparently ineffective ways in which scientists have made society aware of such a crucial problem as that of climate change. The title of the book has been borrowed for a term that Jon Adams, researcher at the London School of Economics, coined to refer to Michael Crichton's novels, who uses "scientific"; facts to give his imaginative plots an aura of credibility. With this reference, the authors state that the way scientific data is presented actually constitutes a narrative, an uncontested monologue: ";...scientific graphs and images have powerful stories to tell, carrying much in the way of overt and implied narrative content (...) these stories are rarely interrupted or interrogated."... (extract), Pau Waelder, Furtherfield, February 2010 --http://www.furtherfield.org/displayreview.php?review_id=377

About the Author

Richard Hamblyn is an environmental writer and historian; his books include Terra: Tales of the Earth, a study of natural disasters; The Invention of Clouds, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; The Cloud Book and Extraordinary Clouds (both in association with the Met Office). He is currently editing The Picador Book of Science, and researching a book about man-made landscapes. <P>Martin John Callanan is an artist whose work spans numerous media and engages both emerging and commonplace technology. His work includes translating active communication data into music; freezing in time the earth's water system; writing thousands of letters; capturing newspapers from around the world as they are published; taming wind onto the Internet and broadcasting his precise physical location live for over two years. Martin is currently Teaching Fellow in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. <P>The UCL Environment Institute was established in November 2003 as a focus for interdisciplinary environmental research across UCL, as well as to improve links between those who carry out environmental research, and those with need of its findings, notably policy makers and other public and private sector interests.


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