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The Topological Imagination : Spheres, Edges, and Islands

Author: Angus Fletcher
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, [2016] ©2016
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"Ordinary speech and the mathematical language of numbers appear to be light years apart, but this book counters that belief. The author joins two commonly separated domains of human creativity--the emotionally charged poetic imagination and the cool mathematical science of topology, which envisions how shapes change when objects are bent, twisted, or stretched without losing an invariant contact with their original  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Angus Fletcher
ISBN: 9780674968844 0674968840
OCLC Number: 999354640
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 1 halftone, 1 line illustration.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction --
I. Topology and the Idea of Form --
II. The Mind Imagining --
III. Disparities in Metaphor --
IV. Euler Discovers the First Edge --
V. Vico and the Cycles of Human History --
VI. “The Round Earth’s Imagined Corners” --
VII. Notes on a Family of Edges --
VIII. Shape and the Ethics of Scale --
IX. “No Man Is an Island” --
Background Reading --
Acknowledgments --
Index
Responsibility: Angus Fletcher.
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In a bold and boundary defining work, Angus Fletcher clears a space for an intellectual encounter with the shape of human imagining. Joining literature and topology-a branch of mathematics-he maps  Read more...

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Angus Fletcher's new book The Topological Imagination is a visionary work of literary criticism. In the tradition of Kant's thought on the 'schematizing' function of the imagination, Coleridge's Read more...

 
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