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Envy, the Message and the Medium

May 31, 2011

Jesscia (CTVR Education and Outreach) pointed me towards a post about a book today on the Brain Pickings website. The post deals with a book called Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss. The thing about this book is that the form of the book tells as much of a story as the text in the book. It is a work of art that tells a tale through the making of the art. As the aformentioned post points out –

To stay true to Curie’s spirit and legacy, Redniss rendered her poetic artwork in an early-20th-century image printing process called cyanotype, critical to the discovery of both X-rays and radioactivity itself — a cameraless photographic technique in which paper is coated with light-sensitive chemicals. Once exposed to the sun’s UV rays, this chemically-treated paper turns a deep blue color.

In addition the cover glows in the dark!

I am glowing with envy. Oh to create a book where there seems to be such a meeting of message and medium seems so wonderful. I have ordered the book so I can see for myself. What is the equivalent for telecommunications or wireless networking? The farthest we seem to get is a book with Matlab code!

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