From Fibers to Networks: Complexity in the Eighteenth-Century Arts

10/05/2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
B14 McCosh Hall, basement (Hinds Library)
Sean Silver, University of Michigan

Complex means woven; the word comes from experiments with textiles in seventeenth-century London.  Professor Silver will be discussing the kinds of thinking that textiles demand-- a shift in scale from the smallest of sub-visible fibers to trans-Atlantic networks, from complex systems back to single hairs.  Some texts include writings by William Petty, Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, John Locke, and Alexander Pope (and maybe Jane Austen).