Falling for Science Objects in Mind

ISBN-10: 0262516764
ISBN-13: 9780262516761
Edition: 2011
Authors: Sherry Turkle
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle [as per Sherry]"This is a book about science, technology, and love," writes Sherry Turkle. In it, we learn how a love for science can start with a love for an object--a microscope, a modem, a mud pie, a pair of dice, a fishing rod. Objects fire imagination and set young people on a path to a career in science. In this collection, distinguished scientists, engineers, and designers as well as twenty-five years of MIT students describe how objects encountered in childhood became part of the fabric of their scientific selves. In two major essays that frame the collection, Turkle tells a story of inspiration and connection through objects that is often neglected in standard science education and in our preoccupation with the virtual. The senior scientists' essays trace the arc of a life: the gears of a toy car introduce the chain of cause and effect to artificial intelligence pioneer Seymour Papert; microscopes disclose the mystery of how things work to MIT President and neuroanatomist Susan Hockfield; architect Moshe Safdie describes how his boyhood fascination with steps, terraces, and the wax hexagons of beehives lead him to a life immersed in the complexities of design. The student essays tell stories that echo these narratives: plastic eggs in an Easter basket reveal the power of centripetal force; experiments with baking illuminate the geology of planets; LEGO bricks model worlds, carefully engineered and colonized. All of these voices--students and mentors--testify to the power of objects to awaken and inform young scientific minds. This is a truth that is simple, intuitive, and easily overlooked.Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She is the author of The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Twentieth Anniversary Edition, MIT Press, 2005) and Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet and the editor of Evocative Objects: Things We Think With (MIT Press, 2007).

Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauz� Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and Founder and Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. A psychoanalytically trained sociologist and psychologist, she is the author of The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Twentieth Anniversary Edition, MIT Press), Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, and Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution. She is the editor of Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, Falling for Science: Objects in Mind, and The Inner History of Devices, all three published by the MIT Press.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Falling for Science
MIT Students and Their Objects (1979-2007) What Makes A Scientist?
What We See
Maps (1982)
Prisms (1984)
Walls (2002)
Holga Camera (2004)
What We Sense
Sand Castles (1992)
The Body (1996)
Bubbles (1996)
Clay (1999)
Mud (1999)
What We Model
Gumby (1985)
Easy-Bake Oven (1990)
Kitchen Clock (1996)
My Little Pony (1999)
Fly Rod (1999)
Wood Stove (1999)
Shirts (2000)
Vacuum Tubes (2003)
Chocolate Meringue (2006)
What We Play
Cords (1982)
Dice( 1990)
Egg Basket (1992)
Keys (1992)
Cardboard Boxes (1992)
Music Box (1997)
Marbles (1999)
Jacks (2000)
Pachinko Machine (2000)
What We Build
Bikes (1979)
Erector Set (1990)
Straws (1996)
Lasers (1998)
LEGO Particles (1982)
LEGO Metrics (1990)
LEGO People (1990)
LEGO Laws (1992)
LEGO Planning (1996)
LEGO Replicas (1996)
LEGO Categories (1998)
What We Sort
Wallpaper (1982)
Toy Mailbox (1989)
Stop Signs (1992)
Cards (1996)
What We Program
BASIC Manual (1989)
Apple U (1990)
Atari 2600 (1994)
TRS-80 (1996)
BASIC (1996)
Atari 800 (1996)
Apple II (1998)
Modem (1999)
TurboGrafx 16(2007)
Mentors and Their Objects What Made a Scientist?
What We See: Microscope
What We Sense: Purple Haze
What We Model: Steps
What We Play: Blocks
What We Build: Radio
What We Sort: Venus Paradise Coloring Set
What We Program: Vacuums
Objects in Mind: Gears
Epilogue: What Inspires?
Notes
Bibliography and Suggested Readings
Illustration Credits
Index

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