Category Archives: 04. Archiv und Analyse in der frühen Royal Society (3 Nov.)

Page 120-156 (36 pages)

Westzaan/Kromhout: Conversation – Subjects and Symbols (Session 4)

In order to try something different, instead of each writing a separate blogpost, Nina Westzaan and I conducted a written conversation about this week’s chapter. We could have gone on much longer, as we listed many more possible interesting points, but for now, this is what we discussed:

Melle: One of the topics that we both listed as compelling in this chapter is the fact that at several instances Siegert, almost in passing, mentions a new or changing subject. I think especially the passage about Brunelleschi and the Linear Perspective on page 149 is interesting and thought-provoking in that respect.

Nina: Yes. I keep wondering where this subject comes from (both with regard to the structure of the book and Siegert’s argumentation). Although Siegert mentions it in this chapter for the first time (I believe), in my opinion he actually describes the transcendence of the subject or its disappearance or negation through science.

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Kromhout: Translation – Order, locate → code, decode (Session 4)

As I think they are quite significant, I thought it might be nice to publish my tentative translation of the last two paragraphs of this chapter, page 155/156:

“Very generally, one could say that Spanish mathematics never combined the codification of addresses and the codification of signals into one science. The universal methods of Wilkins and Hooke, however, precisely originated from the combination of signal coding and address coding. Even more so: they are based on nothing but the identification of signal coding with address coding. The code through which a message is encrypted is at the same time the address at which the message is stored and can be found. Ars inveniendi – or Algebra – is at the same time Ars dechiffrendi

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