Department of English

TILTS demo featured on UT’s ‘Know’

Mon, October 22, 2012
TILTS demo featured on UT’s ‘Know’
TILTS co-directors Elizabeth Scala and Janine Barchas with the "Stallion" display wall

The 2012-2013 TILTS “Fate of the Book” symposia’s “Books under the Microscope” demo was featured on UT’s Know.  

Robert Hooke’s 1665 book Micrographia: Or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies strikingly brought microscopic images to life and showcased the new technology of the microscope.

As part of the “Fate of the Book” symposia, images from Micrographia have been loaded on the 36-foot wide "Stallion" display wall at the Visualization Lab in ACES 2.404A.  This year's TILTS symposia are co-directed by Associate Professors Elizabeth Scala and Janine Barchas.

Elizabeth Scala explained, “The microscope project was envisioned by Janine Barchas as a means of displaying books from the vantage point of two of the jewels in the UT crown: The HRC and the Visualization Lab.”

Scala continued, “TILTS partnered with TACC this year to put the book under the microscope and then take the images to the biggest, sharpest, and strongest computer screen in the world.  Named 'Stallion,' this screen is actually 80 networked 30” computer screens. TACC can process more visual data and pixels per inch than any other computer in the civilian world.  What better book to put under the microscope than the book on the microscope?”

The VisLab demo will be presented the last Friday of the month in October and November as well as Friday, February 1, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. during TILTS events.

TILTS "Preservers Panel" will take place October 25 at the Prothro Theater in the Harry Ransom Center at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

From Know

“Turning advanced microscopy back on the book that started the field has been an amazing experience,” says Janine Barchas, associate professor of English and co-director of “The Fate of the Book” symposia. “When you’re allowed to use the tools and expertise of colleagues from completely different research areas, you see things in a new light.”

Elizabeth Scala, associate professor of English and symposia co-director, says “Hooke’s Micrographia is not just a convenient historical example of a comparable pivotal technology, but a fitting object to digitize in order to ask at what point digitization changes a book, or its text, into something else."

“Digital publishing technology affects everyone who reads, regardless of discipline,” Scala says.

To read the full Know article, click here.

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