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Cultural Politics (1 November 2012) 8 (3): 429–442.
Published: 01 November 2012
... arguments made in his late work Music and Mathematics . His work is seen as determined by two movements of excursion, going out to the exotic, whether North American or Mediterranean, and recursion, meaning the closure of mathematical or logical systems. Yet recursion, in Kittler, turns out to be more a...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2017) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Friedrich Kittler This essay traces the advances in time axis manipulation brought about by the media switches from symbolic mediation (alphabet) to analogue recording (phonography and cinematography) and digital processing (computers). Special emphasis is on the mathematical dimension of the final...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2013) 9 (2): 117–143.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Jean-François Lyotard In this essay, Jean-François Lyotard revisits the question of the postmodern in relation to the “foundation crisis” in the mathematical sciences, arguing that this crisis should be conceived not in terms of the establishment of the foundations of scientific discourses but in...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2013) 9 (1): 101–105.
Published: 01 March 2013
... contribution of this work is its corrective reading of Badiou, which targets a mistake made by those who are everything from sympathetic, hostile, or indifferent to it. The mistake in question is the tendency to misunderstand the upshot of the famous equation of mathematics and ontology—a misunderstanding that...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2009) 5 (1): 73–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
... thought,” mathematics is opposed to memory, inscription, and archive: “the slightest lapse in concentration entails the disappearance, pure and simple, of what is being thought about” (Badiou 2004b: 24) . Despite there being “linguistic” requirements concerning the mathematical “mark,” “Language and...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2012) 8 (3): 359–360.
Published: 01 November 2012
... the esoteric, highly complex nature of his final project—the envisaged tetralogy Musik und Mathematik ( Music and Mathematics ) (of which only the two parts of the first volume were published in his lifetime)—made it all the more necessary and welcome to present certain aspects in a more accessible...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2012) 8 (3): 375–384.
Published: 01 November 2012
... Duke University Press 2012 Friedrich Kittler media studies structuralism Germany Christoph Weinberger: Does your orientation toward music, mathematics, and the alphabet in ancient Greece present a continuation or a departure from your work of the 1980s? Is there a “turning” in Friedrich Kittler's...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 409–430.
Published: 01 November 2011
... name of precision may require models to integrate common features derived from mathematics or elsewhere in order to define relationships and use fundamental concepts borrowed from any number of disciplines. These borrowings make models to some degree generalizable. Models are productive – they do...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2012) 8 (3): 443–464.
Published: 01 November 2012
... define shape , in the classic sense of the term.” In Damisch the cloud defeats linear perspective and thus stands in opposition to the mathematical rationality of the latter. Bodies in clouds, for Damisch (2002: 15) , “defy the laws of gravity and likewise the principles of linear perspective” and lend...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2015) 11 (1): 111–125.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Pacey (2001) suggests that music may well be the source of all human technologies (1999: ch. 1). He notes that, prior to inventing the steam engine in 1776, “James Watt was in business as a ‘mathematical and musical instrument maker.’ In this capacity, he built one or two organs and invented a device...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2013) 9 (1): 86–94.
Published: 01 March 2013
... Learning 3D animation was quite challenging, and although I was an early adopter of computers, nothing I had previously done prepared me for the mathematical and technical rigor of spatial 3D imaging or the culture that surrounded it. When it came to courses in Maya or virtual reality simulations, there...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2017) 13 (3): 309–313.
Published: 01 November 2017
... exchanged for the mathematical and self-contained figure of the algorithm, for its sequences and actions, its performativity, calculations, and big data processes, and, above all, its automated rationalization of all “tasks.” The requirements relating to the human body have altered also. Modernity’s...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 445–464.
Published: 01 November 2011
... discounts the Minister's status as poet and concentrates on his reputation as a mathematician. While this assumption is understandable, and shared by the narrator (who states, without thinking, that “[t]he mathematical reason has long been regarded as the reason par excellence ”), it is immediately...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2011) 7 (1): 41–58.
Published: 01 March 2011
... not have restrained himself from penetrating a dark chamber, supported by mathematical concepts of understanding, he would have immediately attempted to orient himself in thought and circumscribe space. To orient oneself in thought for Kant meant ultimately also the possibility of being able to...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2012) 8 (2): 233–252.
Published: 01 July 2012
... different from mathematics, for they fill the courses of the primary school with the content of high school, and, more often than not, mathematics contests are made up by a system of rules that deviates from ordinary mathematics. Though the questions asked at math olympiads may make mathematicians shudder...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2014) 10 (2): 226–238.
Published: 01 July 2014
... the globally dominant worldview: a technically highly diverse means of ordering, presenting, and giving meaning to phenomena that had seemingly conquered all others. This single-point perspectival system, based on a series of mathematical-geometric abstractions, had homogenized the appearance of all...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2010) 6 (2): 157–170.
Published: 01 July 2010
... of this type. You could say there have been lots of millenarian, apocalyptic, or messianic fantasies, of course, but those were phantasmatic, messianic, prophetic phenomena. Here we're dealing, sadly, with quantifiable facts. In terms of probability, taking mathematical models, it's unlikely that...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2010) 6 (2): 237–252.
Published: 01 July 2010
... view, merely the sense of duty felt by every man on Earth, but was in fact, primarily, the philosophical foundation of the Ten Commandments. To turn now, to the scientistic aspect of the Enlightenment, the idea of universal reason has, since Descartes, been founded on mathematical necessity , and the...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2014) 10 (3): 404–414.
Published: 01 November 2014
... language of mathematics. Aware that the chances were dim of the probe surviving long enough to reach any distant life forms that may be out there, Sagan and his colleagues were wise enough to admit, however, that the main target audience for the disc was closer to home. The “real function” of the record...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2013) 9 (2): 107–116.
Published: 01 July 2013
... “postmodern” crisis of legitimacy. But let us note, once again, that the “postmodern” cannot be understood here as a movement or school of thought, much less a scholarly “fad.” It is the name Lyotard gives to what he takes to be the present state of the “foundation crisis” in the mathematical sciences and...