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Ways of Making and Knowing: The Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge

by Pamela Smith, Amy Meyers and Harold Cook Bard Graduate Center
Pub Date:
07/2017
ISBN:
9781941792117
Format:
Pbk 430 pages
Price:
AU$73.00 NZ$74.78
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Although craftspeople and artists often work with natural materials, the notion that making art can constitute a means of knowing nature is a novel one. This book, with contributions from historians of science, medicine, art, and material culture, shows that the histories of science and art are not simply histories of concepts or styles, but histories of the making and using of objects to understand the world. An examination of material practices makes it clear that the methods of the artisan represent a process of knowledge making that involves extensive experimentation and observation that parallel similar processes in the sciences. Ways of Making and Knowing offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary history of the ways in which human beings have sought out, discovered, and preserved their own knowledge of the world around them; it has only been through material and human interaction with (and manipulation of) nature that we have come to understand it.
Pamela H. Smith is the Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University.    Amy R. W. Meyers is the director of the Yale Center for British Art.    Harold J. Cook is the John F. Nickoll Professor of History at Brown University.