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The maddeningly magical maths of John Dee - New Scientist Feb 2016
Discussion of "Scholar, Courtier, Magician: The lost library of John Dee" - showing at the Royal College of Physicians, London, until 29 July 2016.

Bits from Dee's preface to "The Elements of Geometrie", published in 1570 by Henry Billingsley, are fascinating.

"some of the suspicion aroused by Nicolaus Copernicus’s De revolutionibus in 1543 came not from his heliocentric theory of the solar system, but from the fact that he used maths to deduce what he could not directly see"

Also deep suspicion of cryptography isn't new: "And maths really did have connections with the occult. Numerology was important to the Jewish mystical tradition called the Kabbalah, which Dee studied closely. Codes and cryptography were discussed in Steganographia (c. 1499) by the German abbot Trithemius, who was suspected of diabolical wizardry; it was this book that Dee examined to understand angelic communication."
science  maths  scientific-method  exhibition  history  cryptography 
april 2016 by pierredv
Menageries of the mind : A view From the Bridge - Nature Books and Arts blog
review of "a small, beautifully curated exhibition at the British Library" “Ursus múrmurat: The bear grumbleth”.
animals  BritishLibrary  exhibition  NatureJournal 
august 2015 by pierredv

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