Collapse: Volume 1

Collapse: Volume 1 : Numerical Materialism

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An investigation of the nature and philosophical uses of number.

The first volume of Collapse investigates the nature and philosophical uses of number. The volume includes an interview with Alain Badiou on the relation between philosophy, mathematics, and science, an in-depth interview with mathematician Matthew Watkins on the strange connections between physics and the distribution of prime numbers, and contributions that demonstrate the many ways in which number intersects with philosophical thought-from the mathematics of intensity to terrorism, from occultism to information theory, and graphical works of multiplicity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 108 x 175 x 16mm | 242g
  • Urbanomic
  • Falmouth, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 26 b&w illus.; 52 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0955308755
  • 9780955308758
  • 1,908,972

Table of contents

Robin Mackay, 'Editorial Introduction'; Alain Badiou, 'Philosophy, Sciences, Mathematics (Interview)'; Gregory Chaitin, 'Epistemology as Information Theory'; Reza Negarestani, 'The Militarization of Peace'; Matthew Watkins, 'Prime Evolution (Interview)'; 'Incognitum', 'Introduction to ABJAD'; Nick Bostrom, 'Existential Risk (Interview)', Thomas Duzer, 'On the Mathematics of Intensity'; Keith Tilford, 'Crowds'; Nick Land, 'Qabbala 101'
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About Robin MacKay

Robin Mackay is a philosopher, Director of the UK arts organization Urbanomic, and Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths University of London. Robin Mackay is a philosopher, Director of the UK arts organization Urbanomic, and Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths University of London. Alain Badiou is a French philosopher. He has published a number of major philosophical works, including The Immanence of Truths, the final installment of his Being and Event trilogy, released in French in 2018. Reza Negarestani is a philosopher. He has lectured and taught at numerous international universities and institutes, and is currently directing the Critical Philosophy programme at the New Centre for Research and Practice. Keith Tilford is an artist and theorist living in Brooklyn, New York, whose current art and research projects focus on the intersection of comics and artistic modernism in relation to diagrammatics, worldbuilding, abstraction, and technics.
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