Emblems of Mind The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics

ISBN-10: 0226729540

ISBN-13: 9780226729541

Edition: 2006

Authors: Edward Rothstein

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One is a science, the other an art; one useful, the other seemingly decorative, but mathematics and music share common origins in cult and mystery and have been linked throughout history. Emblems of Mind is Edward Rothstein’s classic exploration of their profound similarities, a journey into their “inner life.” Along the way, Rothstein explains how mathematics makes sense of space, how music tells a story, how theories are constructed, how melody is shaped. He invokes the poetry of Wordsworth, the anthropology of Lévi-Strauss, the imagery of Plato, and the philosophy of Kant. Math and music, Rothstein shows, apply comparable methods as they create their abstractions, display similar concerns with ratio and proportion, and depend on metaphors and analogies to create their meanings. Ultimately, Rothstein argues, they reveal the ways in which we come to understand the world. They are images of the mind at work and play; indeed, they are emblems of Mind itself.nbsp; Jacques Barzun called this book “splendid.” Martin Gardner said it was “beautifully written, marvelous and entertaining.” It will provoke all serious readers to think in new ways about the grand patterns in art and life.nbsp; “Lovely, wistful. . . . Rothstein is a wonderful guide to the architecture of musical space, its tensions and relations, its resonances and proportions. . . . His account of what is going on in the music is unfailingly felicitous.”—New Yorker “Provocative and exciting. . . . Rothstein writes this book as a foreign correspondent, sending dispatches from a remote and mysterious locale as a guide for the intellectually adventurous. The remarkable fact about his work is not that it is profound, as much of the writing is, but that it is so accessible.”—Christian Science Monitor
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface to the 2006 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prelude: The Need for Metaphor
Partita: The Inner Life of Mathematics
Sonata: The Inner Life of Music
Theme and Variations: The Pursuit of Beauty
Fugue: The Making of Truth
Chorale: The Texture of Thought
Selected Bibliography
Index
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