Logic and the art of memory
The Logic and the Art of Memory: The Quest for a Universal Language by Paolo RossiA brilliant translation of this classic account of the art of memory and the logic of linkage and combination, the two traditions deriving from the Classical world and the late medieval period, and becoming intertwined in the 16th Century. From this intertwining emerged a new tradition, a grandiose project for an alphabet of the world or Clavis Universalis. Translated with an Introduction by Stephen Clucas.
Woody Vasulka Art of Memory (1987)
Paolo Rossi. The mnemonic arts and the idea of a universal language that would capture the essence of all things were originally associated with cryptology, mysticism, and other occult practices. And it is commonly held that these enigmatic efforts were abandoned with the development of formal logic in the seventeenth century and the beginning of the modern era.
The Logic and the Art of Memory: The Quest for a Universal Language
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without prior permission in writing from the publisher. In an 'advice' on the education of a nobleman written for his son in , Henry Percy, ninth earl of Northumberland described a discipline which he called 'Vniuersell Grammer'. This 'Grammer' was completely unrelated to grammar as it was taught in the Elizabethan universities, but is described by Percy as 'a necessary means to expresse our knowledges to others, or to the deliuery of them to posterite by record'. This doctrine did not treat 'those rules vulgarly taught, for the attaining any receaued language', but was rather sutche a doctrine generall, as discouereth amongest the whole variete of means sensible, the best wayes to signefy the conceipts of our minds, to others in present or futur, at hand, or any remote distance possible, and in any tyme giuen that is possible, either indifferently to all, or with purpose to somme certain, and in all cases, either of necessite, or discretion. In the early years of the seventeenth century Percy's pensioner, the natural philosopher Walter Warner also entertained hopes of achieving a total knowledge by means of optimizing linguistic communication through symbolic notation, so that 'every singular man may be possessed of all.
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The art of memory Latin: ars memoriae is any of a number of loosely associated mnemonic principles and techniques used to organize memory impressions, improve recall, and assist in the combination and 'invention' of ideas. An alternative and frequently used term is "Ars Memorativa" which is also often translated as "art of memory" although its more literal meaning is "Memorative Art". It is sometimes referred to as mnemotechnics. Techniques commonly employed in the art include the association of emotionally striking memory images within visualized locations, the chaining or association of groups of images, the association of images with schematic graphics or notae "signs, markings, figures" in Latin , and the association of text with images. Because of the variety of principles and techniques, and their various applications, some researchers refer to "the arts of memory", rather than to a single art. It has been suggested that the art of memory originated among the Pythagoreans or perhaps even earlier among the ancient Egyptians , but no conclusive evidence has been presented to support these claims.