“But as I scrolled down on the page in one-page view, I saw the hand creep up from the bottom of the page. This same effect can be achieved by just scrolling through this page itself, but that excitement of seeing the hand sneak up is lost when the page is translated to print. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still exciting to see proof of a Google employee’s existence, but something would be lost if this were converted to print because part of the excitement in the Art of Google Books project is finding the anomalies for ourselves.
The other half of the allure of this screenshot is the fact that it is from a medical dictionary, which is studying humanity in a very mechanical way, breaking down the naturalistic into biological bits. Then, after this analysis of understanding of the human body, we see the synergetic combination of human interaction (the hand of the Google employee) mixed with the mechanical apparatus (the camera scanning technology). There is proof that humans are the ones that have written and studied ourselves.”
Submitted by Danny Ennis, of Dr. Terry Harpold’s University of Florida course Hypermedia: Futures of Reading.
From p. 104 of The American Medical Illustrated Dictionary by William Alexander Newman Dorland (1915). Original from Harvard University. Digitized May 30, 2008.