The Resource Machine beauty : elegance and the heart of technology, David Gelernter

Machine beauty : elegance and the heart of technology, David Gelernter

Label
Machine beauty : elegance and the heart of technology
Title
Machine beauty
Title remainder
elegance and the heart of technology
Statement of responsibility
David Gelernter
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When something works well, you can feel it; there is a sense of rightness to it. We call that rightness beauty, and it ought to be the single most important component of design. This recognition is at the heart of David Gelernter's wittily argued essay, Machine Beauty, which defines beauty as an inspired mating of simplicity and power. You can see it in a Bauhaus chair, the Hoover Dam, or an Emerson radio circa 1930. In contrast, too many contemporary technologists run out of ideas and resort to gimmicks and features; they are rarely capable of real, structural ingenuity. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of computers. You don't have to look far to see how oblivious most computer technologists are to the idea of beauty. Just look at how ugly your computer cabinet is, how unwieldy and out of sync if feels with the manner and speed with which you process thought. The best designers, however, are obsessed with beauty. Both hardware and software should afford us the greatest opportunity to achieve deep beauty, the kind of beauty that happens when many types of loveliness reinforce one another, when design expresses an underlying technology, a machine logic. Program software ought to be transparent: it should engage what Gelernter calls "a thought-amplifying feedback loop," a creative symbiosis with its user. These principles, beautiful in themselves, will set the stage for the next technological revolution, in which the pursuit of elegance will lead to extraordinary innovations
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gelernter, David Hillel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA76.9.H85
LC item number
G46 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The MasterMinds series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Computer software
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer software
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Schoonheid
  • Ontwerpen
  • Mens-computer-interactie
  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Industriedesign
  • Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation
  • Personal Computer
  • Softwareergonomie
  • Softwareergonomie
  • Personalcomputer
  • Industriedesign
  • Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation
Label
Machine beauty : elegance and the heart of technology, David Gelernter
Link
https://archive.org/details/machinebeautyele00gele
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-155) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Deep Beauty -- 2. The Paradox of Beauty -- 3. The Aesthetics of Computer Science -- 4. Rise of the Desktop -- 5. Beyond the Desktop -- 6. Computer Ugliness -- 7. Unseen Beauty
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 166 pages
Isbn
9780465045167
Lccn
97014613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36841471
  • (OCoLC)ocm36841471
Label
Machine beauty : elegance and the heart of technology, David Gelernter
Link
https://archive.org/details/machinebeautyele00gele
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-155) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Deep Beauty -- 2. The Paradox of Beauty -- 3. The Aesthetics of Computer Science -- 4. Rise of the Desktop -- 5. Beyond the Desktop -- 6. Computer Ugliness -- 7. Unseen Beauty
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 166 pages
Isbn
9780465045167
Lccn
97014613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36841471
  • (OCoLC)ocm36841471

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