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  • May not duration be represented as distinctly as space? – geography and the visualisation of time in the early eighteenth century

Boyd Davis, Stephen, 2015, Book Section, May not duration be represented as distinctly as space? – geography and the visualisation of time in the early eighteenth century In: Knowing Nature in Early Modern Europe. Warwick Series in the Humanities, 5 . Pickering and Chatto, London, pp. 119-137. ISBN 978 1 84893 518 1

Abstract or Description:

The eighteenth century saw the creation of the modern timeline, a diagrammatic representation of historical time that has since become ubiquitous. The present chapter identifies early examples of the genre and discusses their relationship to other forms of knowledge, analysing the artefacts themselves and the contemporary explanations published by their authors. It extends previous work on the influence of mechanical metaphors and models of cognition to focus here on the complementary influence of geography. Geography and chronology were presented as equal contributors to history from at least the sixteenth century, but what was new in the eighteenth was the proposition that chronology could itself become a kind of geography, offering the possibility of ‘cartographies of time’. The chapter traces the changing relationship between the two disciplines, set in their cultural context.

Official URL: https://www.pickeringchatto.com/titles/1806-978184...
Subjects: Other > Physical Sciences > F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences > F830 Topography > F831 Cartography
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V100 History by period > V140 Modern History > V143 Modern History 1700-1799
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V340 Intellectual History
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V380 History of Science
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W210 Graphic Design > W213 Visual Communication
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2015 14:00
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2015 14:00
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1700

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