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The letter and the cosmos : how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world

Author: Laurence De Looze
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From our first ABCs to the Book of Revelation's statement that Jesus is "the Alpha and Omega," we see the world through our letters. More than just a way of writing, the alphabet is a powerful concept that has shaped Western civilization and our daily lives. In The Letter and the Cosmos, Laurence de Looze probes that influence, showing how the alphabet has served as a lens through which we conceptualize the world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence De Looze
ISBN: 9781442650602 1442650605 9781442628533 1442628537
OCLC Number: 921863905
Description: xiii, 218 pages, 50 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Ancient Greek letters --
Latin letters and the enduring influence of Roman scripts --
Christian letters : the middle ages --
The letters of humanism --
Baroque variations and the search for a universal language --
Logical letters : the alphabet in the age of reason --
The alphabets of the industrialized world --
From modern experiments to post-modern experiences --
Into the new millennium.
Other Titles: Letter & the cosmos
Responsibility: Laurence de Looze.

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The Letter and the Cosmos is a sharp and entertaining examination of how languages, letterforms, orthography, and writing tools have reflected our hidden obsession with the alphabet,  Read more...

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