The Grammar of the Machine

The Grammar of the Machine

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This text describes the important technological changes that took place in antebellum America and the challenges they posed for education. Investigating the instruction, curricula and textbooks used in the common schools, mechanics' institutes, and at the Troy Female Seminary and the Rensselaer School in upstate New York, it demonstrates how advocates of technical literacy attempted to teach new skills. Stevens shows that the tensions between the liberal and the vocational, between a culture of print and a non-verbal culture of experience, persisted in technical education through the first half of the 19th century but were resolved temporarily by a common moral vision.For the geometrician aquot;a conic section is an event in space, [and] an equation is no more than an abstract, remote representation. ... The major goal of project! ve geometry was to identify the properties of geometric figures which applied to any projection of those ... The artist, for example, provides depth cues that allow the viewer to see a painting in perspective, though the perspective is never reallyanbsp;...

Title:The Grammar of the Machine
Author:Edward Stevens
Publisher:Yale University Press - 1995


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