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Mirror, Mirror : A History Of The Human Love Affair With Reflection - Mark Pendergrast

Mirror, Mirror

A History Of The Human Love Affair With Reflection

Paperback Published: 28th July 2004
ISBN: 9780465054718
Number Of Pages: 448

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As our first technology for contemplation of the self, the mirror is arguably as important an invention as the wheel and perhaps even more universal. "Mirror Mirror" is the fascinating story of the mirror's invention, refinement, and use in an astonishing range of human activities-from the bloodthirsty smoking gods of the Toltecs, to the fantastic mirrored rooms wealthy Romans created for their orgies, to the mirror's key role in the use and understanding of light. From Archimedes to Isaac Newton to Max Factor to David Hockney, this is the fascinating tale of one of the most remarkable inventions in human history and its effects on myth, religion, science, manners, and the arts.

Introductionp. ix
The Mirror of the Soulp. 1
Magic Visionsp. 29
Fields of Lightp. 53
The Rational Mirrorp. 81
Looking-Glass Literaturep. 115
A New Way of Seeingp. 131
Grasping the Universep. 159
Kaleidoscopic Light Wavesp. 187
Big Eyep. 217
The Vanity Businessp. 247
Celestial Radios, Divine X-Raysp. 263
Beyond Palomarp. 291
Final Reflections: Illusions and Realitiesp. 331
Notes on Sourcesp. 371
List of Interviewsp. 382
Acknowledgmentsp. 387
Illustration Permissions and Creditsp. 389
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9780465054718
ISBN-10: 0465054714
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 28th July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition