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With forty-four newly commissioned articles from a global forged of major students, The Routledge significant other to Literature and technology strains the community of connections between literature, technology, expertise, arithmetic, and drugs. Divided into 3 major sections, this quantity: hyperlinks assorted literatures to medical disciplines from man made Intelligence to Thermodynamics surveys present theoretical and disciplinary techniques from Animal reports to Semiotics lines the heritage and tradition of literature and technology from Greece and Rome to Postmodernism. starting from classical origins and glossy revolutions to present advancements in cultural technological know-how reports and the posthumanities, this indispensible quantity deals a finished source for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers. With authoritative, obtainable, and succinct remedies of the sciences of their literary dimensions and cultural frameworks, this is the fundamental consultant to this shiny region of research.

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200–12. Keller, A. (1983). The Infancy of Atomic Physics: Hercules in his cradle, Oxford: Oxford University Press. A. (1964) “Notes on John Donne’s alchemical imagery,” in Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Studies, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 60–89. McLean, A. (1986) “A threefold alchemical journey through the book of Lambspring,” The Hermetic Journal. Online. html> (accessed 3 November 2009). Merricks, L. (1996) The World Made New: Frederick Soddy, science, politics, and environment, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alchemy has had a long and rich history in literature, and many alchemical manuscripts were written as poetry and often heavily illustrated. E. Waite as The Book of Lambspring: A Noble Ancient Philosopher, Concerning the Philosophical Stone was written in Latin verse by Nicholas Barnaud Delphinas at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II and circulated in manuscript form before beginning its publication history as an emblem book, De Lapide PhilosophicoTriga Chemicum in Prague in 1599. Its haunting visual illustrations and poetry were then published by Lucas Jennis in Frankfurt in his Musaeum Hermeticum in 1625 (McLean 1986), again in 1678 in an expanded Latin collection, and finally in 1893 in Waite’s translation in The Hermetic Museum Restored and Enlarged, an important publication of the late nineteenth-century revival of interest in Hermeticism.

F. Jones’s Colossus (1966), in which the Frankenstein-like Dr. S. military is “thinking” on its own and has linked up with its counterpart in the USSR; and Olof Johanneson’s The End of Man? (1966), which purports to be a history of life on Earth from the amoeba to the computer, but which is actually written by computers that have taken over because the human brain proved to be inadequate for solving the problems of human society. These novels, and especially the latter, may well have been influenced by Wiener (1964), who discusses computers as selfreproducing machines.

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