Mirror, Mirror: A History Of The Human Love Affair With Reflection

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Basic Books, Apr 28, 2009 - Science - 448 pages
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As our first technology for contemplation of the self, the mirror is arguably as important an invention as the wheel and perhaps even more universal. Mirror Mirror is the fascinating story of the mirror's invention, refinement, and use in an astonishing range of human activities-from the bloodthirsty smoking gods of the Toltecs, to the fantastic mirrored rooms wealthy Romans created for their orgies, to the mirror's key role in the use and understanding of light. From Archimedes to Isaac Newton to Max Factor to David Hockney, this is the fascinating tale of one of the most remarkable inventions in human history and its effects on myth, religion, science, manners, and the arts.
 

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MIRROR MIRROR: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection

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An encyclopedic treatment of the looking glass, from the bathroom variety to its use in high-powered telescopes.Business journalist Pendergrast has an eclectic mind and writes about deceptively narrow ... Read full review

Mirror mirror: a history of the human love affair with reflection

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Pendergrast (Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World) traces the significance of reflective surfaces from ancient cultures to contemporary times. He provides a cursory ... Read full review

Contents

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Mark Pendergrast was born in Atlanta and is a graduate of Harvard University. A business journalist, he has published articles and reviews in a number of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the Sunday Times (London), and Financial Analyst.

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