metaphysical & metaphorical musings : art, architecture, and arithmetic

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Ecstasy of the Fetish?

Punched cards and dominoes; presence and absence.
Some Dutch sailors playing dominoes.  Each domino represents the outcomes of throwing two dice.
A set of Hindu dominoes.  Eastern culture adapted thrown dice into static tiles.
The work of Indian scholar Pingala is the first known description of binary, as a description of metre.  Leibniz discovered binary in the West more than a few centuries later, not too long before dominoes made their way to Europe.

Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

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