The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace

A History of Space from Dante to the Internet

Margaret Wertheim (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

Cyberspace may seem an unlikely gateway for the soul.

But as science commentator Margaret Wertheim argues in this "marvelously provocative" (Kirkus Reviews) book, cyberspace has in recent years become a repository for immense spiritual yearning. Wertheim explores the mapping of spiritual desire onto digitized space and suggests that the modem today has become a metaphysical escape-hatch from a materialism that many people find increasingly dissatisfying. Cyberspace opens up a collective space beyond the laws of physics–a space where mind rather than matter reigns. This strange refuge returns us to an almost medieval dualism between a physical space of body and an immaterial space of mind and psyche.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2000
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32053-4
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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