Martin's Press, , pp. For Lear the question: 'What need one? As the rhetorical origin of his madness, the question's answerzero - becomes the name of his condition and the means by which he is reduced to a cypher, to the nothing that comes from nothing; zero is an image, a sign outside 'natural' language, that points to a source of horror that, for Lear, is unsayable. In the twentieth century where Nothing comes ubiquitously into its all too sayable own, where moral, intellectual, theological, artistic, and cultural vacuums have each spawned their own insistent nihilisms, such a unified and particular image for emptiness and nothing seems no longer possible. None the less, though zero is no longer an alien sign, the mask of an inhuman otherness worn by mercantile capitalism that it was for Shakespeare, but a commonplace constituent of speech, the figures it produces - degree zero, zero countdown, zero- sum game, absolute zero, zero option, ground zero - still convey a charge of absence, origination, finality, annihilation, the sense of a beyond which nothing which permeates its iconographic associations.
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Brian Rotman is a British -born professor who works in the United States. Trained as a mathematician and now an established philosopher , Rotman has blended sign, mathematics and the history of writing in his work and teaching throughout his career. Kneebone . He studied mathematics at the University of Nottingham , after which he taught the subject at a grammar school, a technical college and then for 20 years at Bristol University , along the way obtaining an M.
Sc in the foundations of mathematics and a Ph. D in combinatorial mathematics. Kneebone, a graduate textbook on set theory, The Theory of Sets and Transfinite Numbers , as well as numerous papers on ordered structures and Boolean algebras , and in published Jean Piaget : Psychologist of the Real an exposition and critique of the ideas behind the work of the Swiss child psychologist.
In he co-founded Mouth and Trousers , a London fringe theatre company based at the York and Albany pub in Camden Town , which operated for nearly four years during which time he wrote several stage plays. In he left Bristol and mathematics teaching and worked in London as a free-lance copy writer until the stock market crash of put an end to such work.
In that year his essay Signifying Nothing: the Semiotics of Zero on the cultural significance of the mathematical zero sign was published. In he and his wife Lesley Ferris, an American theatre director and academic, and their two daughters, emigrated to the United States and lived in Memphis, Tennessee for 6 years.
During this time, he gained expertise in the classroom training the young and spirited minds of calculus students at Memphis University School a distinguished "school for boys" during the school year. In he published Ad Infinitum From he was a professor of interdisciplinary studies in the English department at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and in moved to Columbus, Ohio to join the faculty of the Ohio State University, first as a professor in the Advanced Center for Art and Design and then as a member of the department of Comparative Studies.
His students have called him both stunning and eccentric, and keen to bend disciplines. In he published Mathematics as Sign: Writing, Imagining, Counting , a collection of essays which gathered his writings on the semiotics of mathematics. More recently his work has focused on the gestural dimension of thought, inner speech, and the psychic effects produced by technological media, some of which, that concerned with the medium of writing, is elaborated in the book Becoming Beside Ourselves referred to above.
In November he was invited by Goldsmiths College in London to choreograph a mathematical dance piece entitled Ordinal 5, which was performed at the Tate Modern. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately , especially if potentially libelous or harmful.
Signifying Nothing: The Semiotics of Zero
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Brian Rotman is a British -born professor who works in the United States. Trained as a mathematician and now an established philosopher , Rotman has blended sign, mathematics and the history of writing in his work and teaching throughout his career. Kneebone . He studied mathematics at the University of Nottingham , after which he taught the subject at a grammar school, a technical college and then for 20 years at Bristol University , along the way obtaining an M. Sc in the foundations of mathematics and a Ph. D in combinatorial mathematics.