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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
Creator
Author
Subject
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
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
De Looze, Laurence
Dewey number
411
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Alphabet
  • Civilization, Western
Target audience
adult
Label
The letter and the cosmos : how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world, Laurence de Looze
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [195]-207) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn921863905
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 49 unnumbered pages of plates, 218 pages
Isbn
9781442628533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
411 D383 ; XX-N ; [Z15BP032, #81, 4@24,95, wjm/RT ]
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 921863905
  • (OCoLC)921863905
Label
The letter and the cosmos : how the alphabet has shaped the Western view of the world, Laurence de Looze
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [195]-207) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn921863905
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 49 unnumbered pages of plates, 218 pages
Isbn
9781442628533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
411 D383 ; XX-N ; [Z15BP032, #81, 4@24,95, wjm/RT ]
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 921863905
  • (OCoLC)921863905

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