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The emergence of the fourth dimension : higher spatial thinking in the fin de siècle

Author: Mark Blacklock
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The idea of the fourth dimension of space has been of sustained interest to nineteenth-century and Modernist studies since the publication of Linda Dalrymple Henderson's The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art (1983). An idea from mathematics that was appropriated by occultist thought, it emerged in the fin de siècle as a staple of genre fiction and grew to become an informing idea for a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
Blacklock, Mark.
Emergence of the Fourth Dimension.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1030303245
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Blacklock
ISBN: 9780198755487 0198755481
OCLC Number: 1002125415
Description: vi, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Conditions of Emergence: Kant, Helmholtz, and Analogy --
2. Knots: Topology, Conjuring, and the Spiritualist Fourth Dimension --
3. Square: Flatland, Play, and Tradition --
4. Cubes: Hintonian Higher Space and its Thinking Subject --
5. Through: The Theosophical Society, Authority, and Mediation --
6. Fictions: The Spaces of Literature after n-Dimensions.
Other Titles: Emergence of the 4th dimension
Responsibility: Mark Blacklock.

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This volume examines the emergence of the idea of the fourth dimension in fiction of the fin de siecle and how these new theories of the possibilities of time and space influenced writers such as  Read more...

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