English Literature

The Geometry of Invention: Diagrams in the Middle Ages

Professor Mary Carruthers, New York University

This lecture explores the close relationships in medieval creative practice among geometric shapes, meditation, and the human ability to compose original works. Focused on materials crafted in the twelfth century chiefly on the basis of Biblical texts, and then disseminated widely during the thirteenth century, I will investigate the fundamental cognitive insight of medieval diagram makers, that shape and pattern not only envision what we already know, but invite us to discover surprising logical relationships that can provoke our thinking in new ways.

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Oct 27 2017 -

The Geometry of Invention: Diagrams in the Middle Ages

In this lecture Professor Mary Carruthers explores the close relationships in medieval creative practice among geometric shapes, meditation, and the human ability to compose original works.

Project room (1.06)
50 George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LH