This post deals with some recent readings I’ve done on the subject of Giordano Bruno. It’s divided into three parts:
- Recent Readings covers the books I read, and my reaction to them, with a special emphasis on the system of artificial memory (that is, how Bruno modified the classical art of memory/memory palace system) that was one of Bruno’s biggest claims to fame in his own time.
- Side Note: The Temples? plays Six Degrees of Separation between Bruno and Jonathan Swift. I’ve narrowed it down to five degrees, too, which surprised me, but maybe it shouldn’t: Europe from 1580 to 1680 was a pretty small world, and highly literate Europe in that time was even smaller. Of course, five degrees of separation is pretty far when you’re talking about a century of radical cultural change.
- More Bruno? touches on some other Bruno-related books I’m hoping to look at eventually, when I can get my hands on copies.
If any of that interests you, read on!