Heaven's Fractal Net
Retrieving Lost Visions in the Humanities
By (author) William J. Jackson
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Heaven's Fractal Net by William J. Jackson
Book Description"Fractal" is a term coined by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot to denote the geometry of nature, which traces inherent order in chaotic shapes and processes. Fractal concepts are part of our emerging vocabulary and can be useful in identifying patterns of human behavior, culture, and history, while enhancing our understanding of the nature of consciousness. According to William J. Jackson, the more one studies fractals, the more apparent their connections to the humanities become. In the recursive patterns of religious music, in temple architecture in India, in cathedral structures in Europe and America, in the imagery of religious literature depicting infinity and abundance, and in poetic descriptions of the nature of consciousness, fractal-like configurations are pervasive. Recognition of this structure, which is also found in social organizations and ritual symbolism, requires only that one develop "an eye for fractals" by studying the work of researchers and observing nature. One then begins to see that the separation of humanities and science is convenient oversimplification, not an ultimate fact. Includes a DVD of animated fractals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253216205
(6466mm x 4531mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William J. Jackson
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Explores the religious imagination of the old Vijaynagar empire by investigating the culture of bhakti and the visionary experiences of bhakti saints.
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The Civil War divided New Jersey just as it did the nation. This book examines the ironies, paradoxes, and contradictions that characterized New Jersey's historical role in the war. It incorporates social and political history with that of military history and issues. It is intended for Civil War aficionados and historians.
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Author Biography - William J. Jackson
William J. Jackson, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is author of Tyagaraja, Life and Lyrics, and Songs of Three Great South Indian Saints. Jackson lives in Indianapolis.
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