Critical Writing Index

Ancient Images and New Technologies: The Semiotics of the Web

by Philippe Codognet

Leonardo, Feb. 2002, v. 35, no. 1, pp. 40-49

The author analyzes how computer-based images, texts and hypertext links, relate to the ancient concepts of binary notation. He explores the texts of Cicero, Leibniz, Abdallah Beidhawy, Wilhelm Schickard, Blaise Pascal, among others, to trace the connection between the visual language of computers and a long tradition of ideas of the "universal language of images".

ITEM 2002.205 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Mechanical CalculatorWilhelm Schickard

Arithmetic MachineBlaise Pascal

Difference EngineCharles Babbage

Analytical EngineAda Byron

Giuseppe Peano




Course in General Linguistics (Course de Linguistique Générale)Ferdinand de Saussure

The City of the SunTomasso Campanella

Visible World in Pictures (Orbis Sensualium Pictus Quadrilinguis)Jan Amos Komensky

Ten Books on ArchitectureVitruvius

Roseum MemorialePeter Von Resenheim


Charles Sanders Peirce