Fab vs. Silence and Light
These two were very interesting to compare, mainly for me because there wasn't a lot of correlation between the two. In Gershenfeld's Fab, he talks about the science of computers and how it relates the rest of the world. Technically the world is a computer, so computer science is the science of physical science, and all science is related because it's all the same. That was a bold point that I think was very interesting and, based on this reading, pretty accurate. Then he goes into how our machines can make anything, and goes into the story of a class he taught on the subject. However, Louis Kahn's Essential Texts talks about Silence and Light talks about just that. First he argues some interesting points about light saying that shadow is only created by the light, and therefore the shadow belongs to the light. He also says that the sun is the life giver as well as the best light source known to man, so that light can be taken to be the same. That's why most of the areas for life and thinking in Kahn's buildings have an excess of natural light. Then he argues that silence is more of a feeling and a desire than a thing and that it's present in architecture. Unfortunately I think that makes them hard to compare, but they both seem to be teaching us something very important about our daily lives. I think they're both trying to remind us to be human. In the first we can make anything with machines, but we need to remain in charge of what we're making and keep who and what we are in perspective. That extends with Kahn into architecture and explaining that our architecture, through use of light and symbolism, needs to keep its meaning and stay ours. I think that's the correlation between them.