Elektrobiblioteka (electronic library)

“I was interested in the phenomenon of a book perceived as a kind of interface, which has influenced the way we deal with information. I also wanted to shift the experience typical for print design to the field of digital media. One of the major inspirations was the manifesto ‘The topography of typography’ published in 1923 by a graphic designer El Lissitzky, who has expected a book to be replaced with something he called “electrolibrary”. It seems that his predictions came true.

The final result of the project is the paper book that can be connected to the computer via USB cable. It is able to physically detect which page is currently open and send that information to the Electrolibrary website. By turning pages or touching given illustrations you can navigate through the website and get additional information such as hyperlinks, quotations, movies etc. Of course you can also unplug the cable and read it like a normal book.

Source: Elektrobiblioteka

Mary Anning #FemaleGenius Discovered Jurassic Dinosaur Fossils that Challenged Bible-Based Creationism

Mary Anning was a British fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist (before there was paleontology). Her studies challenged the bible-based view of creation, and her gender and status challenged what a scientists should be. The fossils she found proved that there was something before man, which upset the established narrative of the history of life on Earth. The British Journal for the History of Science describes her as “the greatest fossilist the world ever knew.”

Her fossils became the evidence of a new idea in science: extinction. French anatomist Georges Cuvier had argued this after analyzing mammoth fossils, but many explained his idea away, saying these creatures still existed somewhere else on Earth. Extinction would imply God’s creation was imperfect. However, Anning’s findings were evidence towards Cuvier’s hypothesis—that whole species have disappeared in Earth’s history.

During her life, Anning received little recognition for her work. She lived in a time when women couldn’t vote or attend university. As a woman of low social status, she had trouble receiving the respect of her peers and even getting credit for her finds in the scientific community.

“She says the world has used her ill … these men of learning have sucked her brains, and made a great deal of publishing works, of which she furnished the contents, while she derived none of the advantages,” wrote Anna Pinney, a woman who accompanied Anning when she would go in search for fossils along the cliffs.

Photo Credit:
Portrait of Mary Anning/Wikipedia
ichthyosaur skull by Everard Home/ Wikipedia

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