Brian Rotman’s monograph on the semiotics of zero is an unusual work for two reasons. First, it breaks the ever more damaging divorce between science and. Signifying nothing: The semiotics of zero. brian rotman. Uploaded by. Brian Rotman. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. You can. Signifying Nothing has 33 ratings and 6 reviews. Greg said: I have never really grasped semiotics. I get the general idea, one thing, the sign, points to.

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But by no means is it a history of nothing. I get the general idea, one thing, the sign, points to something else.

Request removal from index. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach. A clear explanation of the origins and concepts of zer. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’m a terrible reader sometimes. Already the stuff found in the ground is a sign towards something that doesn’t really exist except in the collective acceptance that this thing you dug up is worth something.

Sign in to use this feature. Focusing on the Renaissance period, the author argues that the introduction of a meta-sign disrupts a code system that prompts the creating of new sign systems, as represented by the multifarious transitions from Roman to Signifyibg numerals, from iconic to perspective art, and from gold money to imaginary bank money.

But why doesn’t the concept of zero point to the mark “0”?

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rotmam Rotman draws interesting parallels using the textual code systems of mathematics, painting, and economic exchange and their respective meta-signs — zero, the vanishing point, imaginary money — which represent the absence of certain signs. Why should we care about shit like this anyway since isn’t it really just a bunch of post modern crap?

Like variables in math. Besides the whole thing reeks of a Platonism I’m not fully able to accept. Zero and its art and economic counterpartshe argues, is both a rotmwn representing nothing and a metasign representing the absence of other signs. Sadly for me of the three topics being explored the one that I could grasp best was the effect of money, the math part being a little out of my depth, and the art part falling into my general ignorance of art I know so little about art, and anytime I read about art in books I just nod along and take whatever the writer says at face value, I have no critical faculties in place, and with my guard down I feel really dumb.


In the money example what happens is that paper money is introduced. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach I don’t know what I just read. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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Or paintings without vanishing points that instead depict painters painting. Layla rated zignifying really liked it Apr 03, Namely, that for the West, the nuclear missile in its silo is the Buddha — in its infinite stillness, silence, acceptance of the inevitable, and signifyinb. How ironic that the zero is what signifyjng the possibility of total annihilation possible in our time. Trivia About Signifying Nothin One person found this helpful.

Seriously it’s an interesting book, and it utilizes many different disciplines to show the effect that zero has had on both society and on the concept itself. Vivienne Brown – – Economics and Philosophy 7 2: John Fox rated it it was amazing Feb 14, This isn’t really anything to be worried about, but eventually society forgets signkfying the money is pointing ultimately towards something outside of itself, and behold it’s enough to make it permanetly point towards itself such as what happened when paper money was no longer backed by gold or silver, such as the case in the present day.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Speaking of King Lear, he is invoked in the book as well as Montagigne, the Kabbalah, Vermeer’s paintings, and Renaissance architectural perspectives. Culture and Chaos in Rousseau, Burke, gotman Mill. This is opposed to the math parts that I sort of understood but just never really stopped to do all the necessary thought I should have.


This review is sort of a whole bunch of nonsense, and I’m realizing now that I completely missed explaining how he connected paper money to zero, but think of it as the sinifying hanger that will make you want to seek out the book and read it.

Rotman builds a viable thesis for the semiotics of zero via a thorough examination of Montaigne’s ‘Essays,’ Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’, the ‘Kabbalah,’ and Vermeer’s paintings. The introduction of this metasign led to other, crazier metasigns.

Signifying Nothing: The Semiotics of Zero

The argument of the book is that the concept of zero entered into the European mind at about the same time that paper money came to economics signkfying the vanishing point into painting. Katherine Stephenson – – Semiotics: Now add a piece of paper that allows the bearer to trade in these things from the ground, that they don’t actually have access to, but which are held by the place that issued the piece of paper.

Aristotle on Signifying Definitions. The bomb is the zero manifest awaiting its ecstasy to come on ground zero. I have never really grasped semiotics. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Dan Qaurooni rated it really liked it Nov 09, That said, there are large parts of this book I didn’t quite get, but other parts that I enjoyed quite a bit and shed an interesting light on the current state of fiscal unease the world is feeling.

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