By Esther Leslie

Liquid crystal is a curious part of subject. It has the power instantaneously to movement, like water, and to refract, like ice. It used to be heavily saw, if now not but named, through specialists in 1888 yet they discovered no useful use for it. Probed and imaged for many years, its special houses have been finally harnessed for an age of screen-based media. Now liquid crystal is ubiquitous, speaking, promoting and delighting, in flat-screen LCDs, desktops and cellular units. We additionally now comprehend that it exists within bodies.
For the first actual time, Liquid Crystals tells the heritage of this anomalous and little understood part of topic on the subject of a ‘liquid crystal’ epoch, spanning from 1820 to this present day, detailing the most important interminglings of the liquid and crystalline situated in politics, philosophy and artwork in this time. There are insightful and memorable readings of cultural varieties from Romantic panorama portray to snow globes, from mountain movies to Hollywood eco-disaster video clips, from touchscreen units to DNA, chilly wars and political thaws, media meltdowns and ice within the wilderness. Expertly written in an obtainable type, Liquid Crystals recounts the unheralded yet highly major emergence and functions of this specified matter.

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