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Titre du document / Document title

Ornamental flourishes in Giordano Bruno's geometry

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

SAIBER Arielle ;

Résumé / Abstract

What was Giordano Bruno thinking when he unleashed a flurry of hearts, moons, stars, ivy leaves, and flowers into nearly seventy-five geometric diagrams in two of his most mathematical treatises, the Articuli centum et sexaginta adversus huius tempestatis mathematics atque philosophos and De triplici minimo et mensura? Not only is this kind of detailed ornamentation difficult to accomplish on a woodblock; it is most unusual for a printed work of geometry in any period of European history. The restless Bruno must have had a good reason to engage in such a labor-intensive project. Close examination reveals this curious proliferation of seemingly decorative shapes to be a device with which to reclaim the connections to the celestial and natural worlds that Bruno believed the contemporary mathematicians to have broken with their numeric and geometric abstractions. What follows is an exploration of these ornamental flourishes, how Bruno came to make them, and why they are significant for understanding his mathematics and, subsequently, the symbolic language of his philosophy.

Revue / Journal Title

The Sixteenth century journal    ISSN  0361-0160 

Source / Source

2003, vol. 34, no3, pp. 729-745 [17 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO, ETATS-UNIS  (1972) (Revue)

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 23368, 35400011333540.0050

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