These days, the idea of the cyborg is less the stuff of science fiction and more a reality, as we are all, in one way or another, constantly connected, extended, wired, and dispersed in and through technology. One wonders where the individual, the person, the human, and the body are - or, alternatively, where they stop. These are the kinds of questions Helene Mialet explores in this fascinating volume, as she focuses on a man who is permanently attached to assemblages of machines, devices, and collectivities of people: Stephen Hawking. Drawing on an extensive and indepth series of interviews with Hawking, his assistants and colleagues, physicists, engineers, writers, journalists, archivists, and artists, Mialet reconstructs the human, material, and machine-based networks that enable Hawking to live and work. She reveals how Hawking - who is often portrayed as the most singular, individual, rational, and bodiless of all - is in fact not only incorporated, materialized, and distributed in a complex nexus of machines and human beings like everyone else, but even more so. Each chapter focuses on a description of the functioning and coordination of different elements or media that create his presence, agency, identity, and competencies. Attentive to Hawking's daily activities, including his lecturing and scientific writing, Mialet's ethnographic analysis powerfully reassesses the notion of scientific genius and its associations with human singularity. This book will fascinate anyone interested in Stephen Hawking or an extraordinary life in science.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Helene Mialet
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Dimensions: Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
ISBN 10: 0226522288
Publication Date: 13 July 2012
Audience: College/higher education , Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Publisher's Status: Active
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Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject by Helene Mialet is a book that deserves a spot on every Transhumanist's virtual bookshelf. . . . [A] must read. --Peter Rothman h+
Helene Mialet has held positions at Cornell, Oxford, and Harvard Universities. She currently lives and teaches in Berkeley, California.
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