We are rarely willing to see machine beauty, no longer put machines (unless ironically) in the art we make, refuse to acknowledge (although it is right in front of our noses) the intellectual and spiritual closeness of art and science. Society's reaction to machine beauty brings Freudian resistance to mind. Metaphorically, I mean, but the metaphor is too apt to pass over. Some ideas we are happy to consider; others we push away as if instinctively.

David Gelernter,
from Machine Beauty: Elegance and the Heart of Technology
(Basic Books, 1998)


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From Machine Beauty: Elegance and the Heart of Technology, copyright © 1998 by David Gelernter. Published by Basic Books, a subsidiary of Perseus Books, L.L.C.