A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

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A series of three lectures presented March 20, 21 and 23,20175 in the Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

Cognitive Geometries explores the close relationships in medieval creative practice among geometric shapes, meditation, and the human ability to create original works. Focusing on materials crafted in the twelfth century, chiefly on the basis of Biblical texts, and then disseminated widely during the thirteenth century, each lecture investigates the fundamental cognitive insight of medieval diagram makers: that shape and pattern not only envision what we already know but also invite us to discover surprising logical relationships that can provoke our thinking in new ways.


The University of Pennsylvania Libraries A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography for 2017:

Monday, March 20, 2017: "Geometry and the Topics of Invention" View the video on YouTube

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: "The Shapes of Creativity 1: Trees, Towers, Buildings" View the video on YouTube

Thursday, March 23, 2017: "The Shapes of Creativity 2: Hands, Spheres, Cubits" View the video on YouTube


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Date Posted: 04 April 2017