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 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 nonEuclidean 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 practiceas 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. Avantgarde 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
 Language
 eng
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 xii, 218 pages
 Contents

 Geometry. Math for math's sake: nonEuclidean 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
 Isbn
 9780198809982
 Label
 Algebraic art : mathematical formalism and Victorian culture
 Title
 Algebraic art
 Title remainder
 mathematical formalism and Victorian culture
 Statement of responsibility
 Andrea K. Henderson
 Subject

 English literature  Themes, motives
 Arts  Great Britain  History  19th century
 History
 Arts
 Mathematics and literature
 Mathematics in literature
 Aesthetics, British  19th century
 Mathematics and literature
 Mathematics in art
 Great Britain
 English literature  19th century  Themes, motives
 Mathematics in art
 18001899
 Mathematics in literature
 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 nonEuclidean 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 practiceas 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. Avantgarde 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
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 197210) 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: nonEuclidean 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
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 197210) 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: nonEuclidean 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
Subject
 18001899
 Aesthetics, British  19th century
 Arts
 Arts  Great Britain  History  19th century
 English literature  19th century  Themes, motives
 English literature  Themes, motives
 Great Britain
 History
 Mathematics and literature
 Mathematics and literature
 Mathematics in art
 Mathematics in art
 Mathematics in literature
 Mathematics in literature
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