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Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy
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Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy (Hardback)

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Measured Words investigates the rich commerce between computation and writing that proliferated in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. Arielle Saiber explores the relationship between number, shape, and the written word in the works of four exceptional thinkers: Leon Battista Alberti's treatis on cryptography, Luca Pacioli's ideal proportions for designing Roman capital letters, Niccolo Tartaglia's poem embedding his solution to solving cubic equations, and Giambattista Della Porta's curious study on the elements of geometric curves. Although they came from different social classes and practiced the mathematical and literary arts at differing levels of sophistication, they were all guided by a sense that there exist deep ontological and epistemological bonds between computational and verbal thinking and production. Their shared view that a network or continuity exists between the arts yielded extraordinary results. Through measuring their words, literally and figuratively, they are models of what the very best interdisciplinary work can offer us.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1400 to c 1600 incl the RenaissanceEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800History & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of science Publisher: University of Toronto Press Publication Date: 12/12/2017 ISBN-13: 9780802039507  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Arielle Saiber is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Bowdoin College.

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