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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.
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The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension describes the development and proliferation of the idea of higher dimensional space in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. An idea from mathematics that was appropriated by occultist thought, it emerged in the fin de siècle as a staple of genre fiction and influenced a number of important Modernist writers and artists. Providing a context for thinking of space  Read more...
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Blacklock, Mark, 1974-
Emergence of the fourth dimension.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017953265
(OCoLC)1002125415
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Blacklock
ISBN: 9780191071980 0191071986 9780191816680 019181668X
OCLC Number: 1030303245
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Contents: Cover; The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension: Higher Spatial Thinking in the Fin de Siècle; Copyright; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; 1: Conditions of Emergence: Kant, Helmholtz, and Analogy; KANTIAN SPACE; SPISSITUDE: A CURIOSITY?; THE DEVELOPMENT OF N-DIMENSIONS; THREE-SPACE IN FOUR-SPACE; ANALOGY AND THE DIMENSIONAL MENAGERIE; DARWIN'S EXAMPLES; 2: Knots: Topology, Conjuring, and the Spiritualist Fourth Dimension; ZÖLLNER AND SLADE: SCIENTISTS AND MEDIUMS, ALLIANCES AND RIVALRIES; TRANSCENDENTAL PHYSICS THE SEYBERT COMMISSION REPORT: A TEST CASE IN SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITY; THE CONJUROR'S KNOT CONSIDERED; TRANSLATION: 'THE MIDDLE TERM IN A SYLLOGISM'; 3: A Square: Flatland, Play, and Tradition; FLATLAND CRITICISM; FLATLAND PRECURSORS; FLATLAND AS SATIRE; ANALOGICAL FLATLAND; BEYOND THE TEXT; FLATLAND RESPONSES; 4: Cubes: Hintonian Higher Space and its Thinking Subject; JAMES HINTON: NATURE PHILOSOPHER; CHARLES HOWARD HINTON: SPATIAL PHILOSOPHER; 'SEEING AS A HIGHER CHILD'; TESSERACTS; BEYOND THE DIMENSIONAL ROMANCE; 5: Through: The Theosophical Society, Authority, and Mediation PRECIPITATION AND APPORT; THE GLOBAL SPACE OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY; SPIRITUAL DEMOCRATS OR SPIRITUAL ARISTOCRATS?; THE FOURTH DIMENSION AS MEDIUM; PLANES AND STRATA; 6: Fictions: The Spaces of Literature after n-Dimensions; MIRRORS: INVERSION AND THE LITERARY VISUAL; PORTALS: BI-LOCATION AND THE OBJECT; BODIES: CORPOREAL SUBJECTIVITY; POSSESSION: VISION 'AVEC'; FORM: SPACE AND STRUCTURE; FEAR: DIANOIA, PARANOIA, AND AGORAPHOBIA; THE GLOBE: HIGHER SPACE AND EMPIRE; Conclusion; Bibliography; PRIMARY SOURCES; SECONDARY SOURCES; UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS; FILMS; Name Index; Subject Index
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