Lydia Pyne

Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff

Lydia Pyne

Talk: Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff

Lydia Pyne discusses her book "Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff", which investigates 'genuine fakes', including art forgeries and synthetic flavors, and looks at how science and society come together to create them. In a world of "fake news" and "alternative facts", she examines the notion of authenticity and asks whether the distinction between "real" and "fake" is as clear-cut as we might think. Get the book here: https://goo.gle/33N1gvZ

Lydia Pyne

Lydia Pyne is a writer and historian, interested in the history of science and material culture. She has degrees in history and anthropology and a PhD in history and philosophy of science from Arizona State University. Her field and archival work has ranged from South Africa, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and Iran, as well as the American Southwest.

Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff

From stories of audacious forgeries to feats of technological innovation, historian Lydia Pyne explores how the authenticity of eight genuine fakes depends on their unique combinations of history, science and culture. The stories of art forgeries, fake fossils, nature documentaries, synthetic flavours and more show that genuine fakes are both complicated and change over time.

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