HandsBook - 2016
"For anyone curious about how human beings work, the answers are hidden in plain sight- in our hands. This history of civilization is a history driven and defined by how we have kept our hands busy. From early tools to machinery, from fists to knives to guns, from papyrus to QWERTY to a swipeable screen, the hands have always been kept occupied. We might assume there are obvious reasons from this incessant activity - our hands are a functional tool for navigating the world. But in reality there is much more at play than mere necessity. Why can't we keep our hands still? How are physical gestures linked to mental turbulence? And what might this reveal about ourselves? Drawing examples from popular culture, art history, psychoanalysis, modern technology and child development, Hands presents a unique and fascinating odyssey through the history of what human beings do with their hands, and why."
Publisher: [London], Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: vii, 120 pages ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Hands : what we do with them and why