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The Resource The letter and the cosmos : how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world, Laurence de Looze

The letter and the cosmos : how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world, Laurence de Looze

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The letter and the cosmos : how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world
Title
The letter and the cosmos
Title remainder
how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world
Statement of responsibility
Laurence de Looze
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Language
eng
Summary
"From our first ABCs to the Book of Revelation's statement that Jesus is "the Alpha and Omega," we see the world through our letters. More than just a way of writing, the alphabet is a powerful concept that has shaped Western civilization and our daily lives. In The Letter and the Cosmos, Laurence de Looze probes that influence, showing how the alphabet has served as a lens through which we conceptualize the world and how the world, and sometimes the whole cosmos, has been perceived as a kind of alphabet itself. Beginning with the ancient Greeks, he traces the use of alphabetic letters and their significance from Plato to postmodernism, offering a fascinating tour through Western history. A sharp and entertaining examination of how languages, letterforms, orthography, and writing tools have reflected our hidden obsession with the alphabet, The Letter and the Cosmos is illustrated with copious examples of the visual and linguistic phenomena which de Looze describes. Read it, and you'll never look at the alphabet the same way again."--
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De Looze, Laurence
Dewey number
411
Index
index present
LC call number
P211
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Alphabet
  • Civilization, Western
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Alphabet
  • Civilization, Western
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The letter and the cosmos : how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world, Laurence de Looze
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1 Introduction -- 2 Ancient Greek Letters -- 3 Latin Letters and the Enduring Influence of Roman Scripts -- 4 Christian Letters: The Middle Ages -- 5 The Letters of Humanism -- 6 Baroque Variations and the Search for a Universal Language -- 7 Logical Letters: The Alphabet in the Age of Reason -- 8 The Alphabets of the Industrialized World -- 9 From Modern Experiments to Post-Modern Experiences -- 10 Into the New Millennium
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953834829
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1 online resource
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781442624115
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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  • 04a4c3bf-1276-4207-8559-72c79c726474
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Specific material designation
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(OCoLC)953834829
Label
The letter and the cosmos : how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world, Laurence de Looze
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1 Introduction -- 2 Ancient Greek Letters -- 3 Latin Letters and the Enduring Influence of Roman Scripts -- 4 Christian Letters: The Middle Ages -- 5 The Letters of Humanism -- 6 Baroque Variations and the Search for a Universal Language -- 7 Logical Letters: The Alphabet in the Age of Reason -- 8 The Alphabets of the Industrialized World -- 9 From Modern Experiments to Post-Modern Experiences -- 10 Into the New Millennium
Control code
953834829
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781442624115
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 04a4c3bf-1276-4207-8559-72c79c726474
  • 22573/ctvg2d8vf
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)953834829

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