Perspectives on Science 29 (2):133-156 (2021)

Authors
Abstract
Spiders have always fascinated humankind as whilst they are often reviled, their product, the web and its silk, are commonly viewed in awe. As such, silks’ material properties and the fear and fascination surrounding the animals that spin it are seen to play an important role in the development of many cultures and societies. More recently this is even more so with the formalization of this inspiration in scientific and technical communities through biomimetics. The aim of this work is to reflect on the beginnings of our relationship with silk and discuss concepts associated with spider silks and webs in ancient Greek and Roman times whilst comparing this with our current understanding of the field. In this way, ancient texts, namely Greek and Latin ones, are found to intersect with modern advanced disciplines, ranging from architecture to medicine to physics. This allows us not only to understand how natural observation has evolved from antiquity to today, but also how such a highly interdisciplinary research network has been spun by some shared conceptual threads.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1162/posc_a_00363
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 61,089
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Do We Live in the Best of All Worlds?: Spider Webs Suggest an Answer.Peter N. Witt & Anne M. Schmid - 1965 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 8 (4):475-487.
On Coan Silks and Cognisance.Archibald Allen - 1985 - Hermes 113 (3):381-382.
Galileo Engineer: Art and Modern Science.Wolfgang Lefèvre - 2001 - Science in Context 14 (s1):11-27.
The Semiotics of Spider Diagrams.James Burton & John Howse - 2017 - Logica Universalis 11 (2):177-204.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2021-04-01

Total views
2 ( #1,392,357 of 2,439,697 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #282,463 of 2,439,697 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes