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Infinity and perspective

Author: Karsten Harries
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Two spirits preside over the book: Alberti, the Renaissance author on art and architecture, whose passionate interest in perspective and point of view offers a key to modernity; and Nicolaus Cusanus, the fifteenth-century cardinal, whose work shows that such interest cannot be divorced from speculations on the infinity of God. The title Infinity and Perspective connects the two to each other and to the shape of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Nicholas, of Cusa Cardinal; Leon Battista Alberti; Nikolaus, von Kues.; Leon Battista Alberti; Nicholas, of Cusa Cardinal; Leon Battista Alberti; Nicholas, of Cusa Cardinal
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karsten Harries
ISBN: 0262082926 9780262082921
OCLC Number: 45263879
Description: xii, 380 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Power and poverty of perspective. Perspective and the infinity of the universe --
Learned ignorance --
Alberti and perspective construction --
Curious perspectives --
The thread of Ariadne --
pt. 2. Infinity and truth. Truth as the property of God --
The infinity of space and the infinity of man --
The infinity of man and the infinity of God --
Homo Faber: the rediscovery of Protagoras --
The dignity of man --
pt. 3. The loss of the Earth. Copernican anthropocentrism --
The crime of Bruno --
Insight and blindness of Galileo --
The reef of the infinite --
Copernican revolutions --
Epilogue: astronautics and astronoetics.
Responsibility: Karsten Harries.

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"Two spirits preside over the book: Alberti, the Renaissance author on art and architecture, whose passionate interest in perspective and point of view offers a key to modernity; and Nicolaus Cusanus, the fifteenth-century cardinal, whose work shows that such interest cannot be divorced from speculations on the infinity of God. The title Infinity and Perspective connects the two to each other and to the shape of modernity."--BOOK JACKET.

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