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Algebraic art : mathematical formalism and Victorian culture, Andrea K. Henderson

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Algebraic art : mathematical formalism and Victorian culture
Title
Algebraic art
Title remainder
mathematical formalism and Victorian culture
Statement of responsibility
Andrea K. Henderson
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Algebraic Art explores the invention of a peculiarly Victorian account of the nature and value of aesthetic form, and it traces that account to a surprising source: mathematics. The nineteenth century was a moment of extraordinary mathematical innovation, witnessing the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the revaluation of symbolic algebra, and the importation of mathematical language into philosophy. All these innovations sprang from a reconception of mathematics as a formal rather than a referential practice--as a means for describing relationships rather than quantities. For Victorian mathematicians, the value of a claim lay not in its capacity to describe the world but its internal coherence. This concern with formal structure produced a striking convergence between mathematics and aesthetics: geometers wrote fables, logicians reconceived symbolism, and physicists described reality as consisting of beautiful patterns. Artists, meanwhile, drawing upon the cultural prestige of mathematics, conceived their work as a 'science' of form, whether as lines in a painting, twinned characters in a novel, or wavelike stress patterns in a poem. Avant-garde photographs and paintings, fantastical novels like Flatland and Lewis Carroll's children's books, and experimental poetry by Swinburne, Rossetti, and Patmore created worlds governed by a rigorous internal logic even as they were pointedly unconcerned with reference or realist protocols. Algebraic Art shows that works we tend to regard as outliers to mainstream Victorian culture were expressions of a mathematical formalism that was central to Victorian knowledge production and that continues to shape our understanding of the significance of form
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Henderson, Andrea K
Dewey number
700.94109/034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • NX543
  • NX543
LC item number
  • .H46 2018
  • .H47 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Arts
  • English literature
  • Mathematics in art
  • Mathematics and literature
  • Mathematics in literature
  • Aesthetics, British
  • Arts
  • English literature
  • Mathematics and literature
  • Mathematics in art
  • Mathematics in literature
  • Great Britain
Label
Algebraic art : mathematical formalism and Victorian culture, Andrea K. Henderson
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-210) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Geometry. Math for math's sake: non-Euclidean geometry and aestheticism -- Alegbra. Symbolic logic and the logic of symbolism -- Analysis. Magic mirrors: formalist realism in Victorian physics and photography -- Analogy. The physics and poetics of analogy -- Invariant forms. "[T]he bonds of verse": form as discipline -- Coda: "[T]o bury Euclid deep in the living flesh
Control code
1002123507
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 218 pages
Isbn
9780198809982
Lccn
2017952161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1002123507
Label
Algebraic art : mathematical formalism and Victorian culture, Andrea K. Henderson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-210) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Geometry. Math for math's sake: non-Euclidean geometry and aestheticism -- Alegbra. Symbolic logic and the logic of symbolism -- Analysis. Magic mirrors: formalist realism in Victorian physics and photography -- Analogy. The physics and poetics of analogy -- Invariant forms. "[T]he bonds of verse": form as discipline -- Coda: "[T]o bury Euclid deep in the living flesh
Control code
1002123507
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 218 pages
Isbn
9780198809982
Lccn
2017952161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1002123507

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