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).
From Fibers to Networks: Complexity in the Eighteenth-Century Arts
4:30pm to 6:00pm
B14 McCosh Hall, basement (Hinds Library)
Sean Silver, University of Michigan