anna balint on 16 Jan 2001 19:48:21 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: Code as (literary) text

Dear Soeren,
maybe it would be interesting to compare/integrate the software codes in the cryptographic (=assimilation of the discours to the reason - oratio-ratio) and universal language (clavis universalis) traditions.
before the 19th c.: Plato, Pythagora, Horapollus, Plotinus, Porphyrius from the Antiquity, the French and Dutch rhetorical handbooks from the Middle Ages, the Ars Magna of Raimundus Lullus, Traicte des chiffres et secretes manieres d'escrire of Blaise Vigenere, Stenographia of  Tritheme, the Polygraphia nova et universalis of Athanasius Kircher, the a priori languages of the 19 century - are just a few hints where to start.
Anna Balint

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