Brian Rotman’s monograph on the semiotics of zero is an unusual work for two reasons. First, it breaks the ever more damaging divorce between science and. Signifying nothing: The semiotics of zero. brian rotman. Uploaded by. Brian Rotman. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. You can. Signifying Nothing has 33 ratings and 6 reviews. Greg said: I have never really grasped semiotics. I get the general idea, one thing, the sign, points to.

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A bran little book about the history of zero. Customers who bought this item also bought. It would be like going to the store with some string and trying to change it in for something. Amantha rated it did not like it Apr 22, Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Refresh and try again. This isn’t really anything to be worried about, but eventually society forgets that the sibnifying is pointing ultimately towards something outside of itself, and behold it’s enough to make it permanetly point towards itself such as what happened when paper money was no longer backed by gold or silver, such as the case in the present day. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Rotman goes on to discuss the havoc the little non-number that was so incomprehensible to the Romans they didn’t have a symbol for it wreaked on the European world-view.


History of Western Philosophy. This review is sort of a whole bunch of nonsense, and I’m realizing now that I completely missed explaining how he connected paper money to zero, but think of it as the cliff hanger that will make you want to seek out the book and read it. And the signs which lead to other signs couldn’t possibly have all been preceded by things because the painters paint scenes that they can’t see and the dollar no longer represents a certain amount of gold and it’s all out of control with Derrida running behind the slippery slippery signifiers shrieking, “I told you so!

Now add a piece of paper that allows the bearer to trade in these things from the ground, that they don’t actually have access to, but which are held by the place that issued the piece of paper.

The Promise of Legal Semiotics. The argument of the book signifyiing that the concept of zero entered into the European mind at about the same time that paper money came to economics and the vanishing point into painting.

Namely, that for the West, the nuclear missile in its silo is the Buddha — in its infinite stillness, silence, acceptance of the inevitable, and self-negation. The deconstruction of the flat planar pictorial representation of the Midle Ages into a proto-cyber 3-D optical illusion by way of the vanishing point, another manifestation of the zero, in pictorial terms.

Sign in to use this feature. Set up a giveaway. Speaking of King Lear, he is invoked in rotmwn book as well as Montagigne, the Kabbalah, Vermeer’s paintings, and Renaissance architectural perspectives.

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Tim Schoettle rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Signifyung to Read Currently Reading Read. Why should we care about shit like this anyway since isn’t it really just a bunch of post modern crap?

Signifying Nothing: The Semiotics of Zero

The idea of Nothing, numerically represented as zero invented to keep Infinitity companyis or was of course the sine qua non of the East. But in the West it was and still is, by and large a metaphysical albatross around the neck of many a thinker, despite their ability to manipulate it like nobody before them. Mary rated it liked it Nov 09, I’m a terrible reader sometimes. While an interesting look at the cultural struggles with the concept of zero and nothing–for instance, I learned that adherents to the Hebrew ex nihilo view of creation accept it while those adhering to a Greek view of creation struggle with the frightening and blasphemous thought of the void, and I learned that paper money took its primordial form in IOUs issued by feudal lords–the book is, first and foremost, a study of how nothing, no-thing, the absence of things, has been represented in speech, writing, exchange, and art.


One person found this helpful. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Ghost in Turing’s Machine: Merrari rated it it was amazing Mar 04, Sadly for me of the three topics being explored the one that I could grasp best was the effect of money, the math part being a little out of my depth, and the art part falling into my general ignorance of art I know so little about art, and anytime I read about art in books I just nod along and take whatever the writer says at face value, I have no critical faculties in place, and with my guard down I feel really dumb.

That said, there are large parts of this book I didn’t quite get, but other parts that I enjoyed quite a bit and shed an interesting light on the current state of fiscal unease the world is feeling. Joshua rated it liked it Jan 07, John Fox rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Feb 10, I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?