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Title:Wilhelm Ostwald’s combinatorics as a link between in-formation and form
Author(s):Hapke, Thomas
Subject(s):Information and Space
Spatial Analogies
Wilhelm Ostwald
Combinatorics
Abstract:The combinatorial thinking of the chemist and Nobel laureate Wilhelm Ostwald grew out of his activities in chemistry and was further developed in his philosophy of nature. Ostwald used combinatorics as an analogous, creative, and interdisciplinary way of thinking in areas like knowledge organization and in his theory of colors and forms. His work marginally influenced art movements like the German Werkbund, the Dutch De Stijl, and the Bauhaus. Ostwald’s activities and his use of spatial analogies such as bridge, net, or pyramid can be viewed as support for a relation between information—or “in-formation,” or Bildung (education, formation)—and form.
Issue Date:2012
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library Trends 61 (2) Fall 2012: 286-303.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89740
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:10.1353/lib.2012.0041
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-31


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