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Author Helmreich, Stefan

Title Sounding the Limits of Life : Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond
Published Princeton University Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource (325)
Series Princeton Studies in Culture and Technology
Princeton studies in culture and technology.
Contents Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- CONTENTS -- List of Illustrations -- Sounding Life, Water, Sound -- CHAPTER 1 ã€? What Was Life? Answers from Three Limit Biologies -- CHAPTER 2 ã€? Life Forms: A Keyword Entry (with Sophia Roosth) -- CHAPTER 3 ã€?â?? An Archaeology of Artificial Life, Underwater -- CHAPTER 4 ã€?â?? Cetology Now: Formatting the Twenty-First-Century Whale -- CHAPTER 5 ã€?â?? How Like a Reef: Figuring Coral, 1839â€?2010 -- CHAPTER 6 ã€? Homo microbis: Species, Race, Sex, and the Human Microbiome
CHAPTER 7 ã€? The Signature of Life: Designing the Astrobiological ImaginationCHAPTER 8 â?? Nature/Culture/Seawater: Theory Machines, Anthropology, Oceanization -- CHAPTER 9 â?? Time and the Tsunami: Indian Ocean, 2004 -- CHAPTER 10 â?? From Spaceship Earth to Google Ocean: Planetary Icons, Indexes, and Infrastructures -- CHAPTER 11 â??â?? Underwater Music: Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science -- CHAPTER 12 â??â?? Seashell Sound -- CHAPTER 13 â?? Sound Studies Meets Deaf Studies (with Michele Friedner) -- CHAPTER 14 â?? Chimeric Sensing
Life, Water, Sound ResoundingAcknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
Summary What is life? What is water? What is sound? In Sounding the Limits of Life, anthropologist Stefan Helmreich investigates how contemporary scientists-biologists, oceanographers, and audio engineers-are redefining these crucial concepts. Life, water, and sound are phenomena at once empirical and abstract, material and formal, scientific and social. In the age of synthetic biology, rising sea levels, and new technologies of listening, these phenomena stretch toward their conceptual snapping points, breaching the boundaries between the natural, cultural, and virtual. Through examinations of the
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes English
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Subject Physical anthropology.
Human biology.
Life sciences.
Anthropology, Physical
Biological Science Disciplines
physical anthropology.
biological sciences.
NATURE -- Animals -- Mammals.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Zoology -- Mammals.
SCIENCE -- General.
Human biology.
Life sciences.
Physical anthropology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 140087386X