Holographic Visions: A History of New Science

Hardcover | May 4, 2006

bySean Johnston

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Holography exploded on the scientific world in 1964, but its slow fuse had been burning much longer. Over the next four decades, the echoes of that explosion reached scientists, engineers, artists and popular culture. Emerging from classified military research, holography evolved torepresent the power of post-war physics, an aesthetic union of art and science, the countercultural meanderings of holism, a cottage industry for waves of would-be entrepreneurs and a fertile plot device for science fiction. New working cultures sprang up to mutate holography, redefining its products, reshaping its audiences and reconceiving its applications. The outcomes included ever more sublime holograms and exquisitely sensitive measuring techniques - but also priority disputes, prurience and poisonous businessrivalries. New subjects cross intellectual borders, and so do their explanations. This book draws on the history and philosophy of science and technology, social studies, politics and cultural history to trace the trajectory of holography. The result is an in-depth account of how new science emerges. Basedon unprecedented interviews with pioneer holographers and extensive archival research, it reveals how science, technology, art and wider culture are entwined in the modern world.

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Holography exploded on the scientific world in 1964, but its slow fuse had been burning much longer. Over the next four decades, the echoes of that explosion reached scientists, engineers, artists and popular culture. Emerging from classified military research, holography evolved torepresent the power of post-war physics, an aestheti...

Dr Sean Francois Johnston University of Glasgow Rutherford-McCowan Building Crichton Campus Dumfries DG1 4ZL BSc (physics, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 1978) MSc (physics, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 1980) Chartered Physicist (Institute of Physics, 1990) PhD (history and philosophy of Science, University of Leeds, 199...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.33 inPublished:May 4, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart A: Creating a Subject2. Wavefront reconstruction in Britain and beyond3. Wave photography in the Soviet Union4. Lensless photography in America5. Constructing holographyPart B: Creating a Medium6. Early exploitation7. Technology of the sublime: the versatile hologramPart C: Creating an Identity8. Defining the scientific holographer9. Culture and counterculture: the artisanal holographer10. Aesthetic holographers and their art11. Building holographic communitiesPart D: Creating a Market12. Commercialisation and ubiquity13. The hologram and popular culture14. Conclusion: creative visionsBibliographyAppendix

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`Very interesting indeed.'Myles W. Jackson, Willamette University