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Levitation: The Science, Myth & Magic of Suspension


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  • Levitation: The Science, Myth & Magic of Suspension 
    Title: Levitation: The Science, Myth & Magic of Suspension
    Author: ADEY PETER
    Illustrator: 100 BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/08/2017
    Imprint: REAKTION
    Price: $16.95
    Publishing status: Active

    Levitation tells the peculiar story of those who have dreamed, believed, or practiced levitation through history, whether they were successful or not.


    Levitation could
    be thought of best as a pre- and parallel history of aviation, but it is not really
    about flights of the aeronautical kind. Instead, the book tracks the long-
    standing belief that people can actually float in the air, relatively unaided.
    Early modern scientists believed in the force of levity as an opposing force
    to gravity; traditional societies have held deep-rooted shamanic traditions
    of spirit- and dream-flight through storytelling. Ancient religious movements
    have long believed in the power of ascetic saints to hover in sublime ecstasy.
    Magicians and mesmerists have employed the tricks of stage, cinema, and
    the enigma of Eastern traditions to convince audiences of their power to lift
    through thought alone. And science-fiction novelists and urban planners
    have speculated on floating cities hovering high above the earth. Many artists
    have experimented with levitation too, from the Surrealists to Yves Klein.

    In this book, Peter Adey explores the idea of levitation within our cultural,
    scientific, and spiritual lives. From science to illustration, poetry, philosophy,
    law, technology, and the wider popular, spiritual, and visual imagination,
    Levitation
    casts the levitator as a far more vulnerable figure than we may
    have thought.




    ISBN: 9781780237374
    Dimension: 208mm X 156mm
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