By Siegfried Zielinski
“Siegfried Zielinski argues that the heritage of the media doesn't continue predictably from primitive instruments to advanced equipment; in Deep Time of the Media, he illuminates turning issues of media history—fractures within the predictable—that aid us see the recent within the old.
Drawing on unique resource fabrics, Zielinski explores the expertise of units for listening to and seeing via thousand years of cultural and technological background. He discovers the contributions of ‘dreamers and modelers’ of media worlds, from the traditional Greek thinker Empedocles and normal philosophers of the Renaissance and Baroque classes to Russian avant-gardists of the early 20th century. ‘Media are areas of motion for built makes an attempt to attach what's separated,’ Zielinski writes. He describes types and machines that make this connection: together with a theater of mirrors in sixteenth-century Naples, an automaton for musical composition created via the seventeenth-century Jesuit Athanasius Kircher, and the eighteenth-century electric tele-writing desktop of Joseph Mazzolari, between others.”
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We who have chosen to teach, research, and write all have our heroes and heroines. They are not necessarily the teachers who taught us or the masters they followed. 5 The citizens of Syracuse do not appear to care whether the legend of Archimedes’ setting ﬁre to Roman galleys with parabolic mirrors is feasible according to the laws of physics and geometry. They erected this monument to their inventive defender at the city’s gate. The postcard was printed in Milan. Fortuitous Finds instead of Searching in Vain 35 passionately.
The lands, which have been constituent for their identity, are all grouped around a single great sea that lies at the center, exuding warmth and light, promising leisure and happiness. Since classical antiquity, all desires and movements have been directed toward this center, which has also been the driver of conquest. 23 The compelling need to construct universal worldviews and theories, which have had devastating effects in our history, can only be understood with this in mind: one sea in the middle, one God, one ideology, one truth, which must be binding for all.
Descartes’s arguments were theoretical. Surprisingly, he linked them to his calculation of the sun’s size in relation to the distance of its rays to Earth: a hundredfold focal length in relation to the radius of a mirror would not produce more heat at the focal point than the sun’s rays would produce unaided by any reﬂecting mirror. 15 Kircher did not correct Descartes’s position theoretically, but empirically and experimentally. He inspected the fortiﬁcations of Syracuse harbor, calculated the probable distance to the Roman galleys, and concluded that the distance was considerably less and, therefore, the focal length of the reﬂected sunrays would be much shorter, than commentators had previously assumed.