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SISYPHUS. HIS PRISMATIC COMMUNICATION AND HIS DEALINGS WITH WHAT IS PUZZLING

Manuscript for the New Materialism Conference in Warsaw “Performing Situated Knowledges: Space, Time, Vulnerability” 21 -23 September 2016 abstract My paper will relate Serres’ personification of Sisyphus to the naive and intuitive notion that the role of „information“ be a kind of „elementary patch“—not really an element and not really a particle either, more like … Continue reading

Architectonic Articulations

Symbolic Solids or: The Contract of the Architect

* This is the manuscript version of my forthcoming article for a book edited by José Aragüez: The Building (Lars Müller publishers, 2016). “A computational approach enables architecture to be embedded with an extraordinary degree of information.“ (Michael Hansmeyer: http://www.michaelhansmeyer.com) I would like to discuss three of Michael Hansmeyer’s recent experiments in computational architecture (Platonic Solids (2009), … Continue reading

Algebraic Concepts Characterized / Architectonic Articulations / Projective Theory of Technology / Thinking as an Algebraic Mechanist / Uncategorized

Architectonic disposition: ichnography, scenography, orthography

 by Vera Bühlmann author’s manuscript. In his Ten Books on Architecture, the Roman architect Vitruvius gathered all the existent knowledge on architecture in one comprehensive treaty including the building of temples, of course, but also the construction of clocks (gnomon, sun-dials) and the fabrication of machinery. The dedicated aim of gathering all the distributed knowledge … Continue reading

Algebraic Concepts Characterized / Distinguishing the General from the Generic / Pre-specificity / The Alphabetic Absolute / Thinking as an Algebraic Mechanist

Equation

by Vera Bühlmann author’s manuscript. The mathematical notion of the equation is first documented in the 16th century, when it seems to have been introduced as what we would today call a terminus technicus for organizing the practice of equalizing mathematical expressions. It seems to have been introduced to European Renaissance science and philosophy together with algebra: … Continue reading

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Invariance

by Vera Bühlmann author’s manuscript. The main inclination this article will try to develop concerns a danger that Michel Serres has stated as follows: not to confuse invariance and identity.[1] Jacques Monod, to whom Serres refers with this statement, has pointed out the source of this likely confusion with regard to what he calls the … Continue reading

Distinguishing the General from the Generic / Plotting from History / Pre-specificity

Maxwell’s Demon (Non-Anthropocentric Cognition)

  by Vera Bühlmann author’s manuscript. In this article, I would like to discuss one of the key moments of reference in 20th century information science, which arose from thermodynamics and which in fact links the latter to the former in many important aspects. Maxwell’s famous thought experiment explores how to think of heat, if … Continue reading

Algebraic Concepts Characterized / Architectonic Articulations / Distinguishing the General from the Generic / Pre-specificity / The Alphabetic Absolute

Negentropy

author’s manuscript, work in progress (Vera Bühlmann). “Thought interfers with the probability of events, and, in the long run, therefore, with entropy”.[1] The term “negentropy” is born from this very situation. It was introduced by Schrödinger to distinguish biological systems from physical systems, and then generalized by Léon Brillouin into the domain of information theory. … Continue reading