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Talk to the Hand: Finger Counting and Hand Diagrams in the Middle Ages

9/1o1 Interesting article to read "Talk to the hand..." #LiveInHangzhou #Design1o1Redux Follow us on twitter @Design1o1 Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, MS D.75 inf, f. 6r. Image reproduced in J. Murdoch, The Album of Science, Vol. 1 (New York, 1984) p. 81

Four Winds Diagram Austria; ca. 1300. The medieval wind diagram compresses centuries of medieval scientific teaching into a scheme based on a wheel, the format often favored in the Middle Ages for the presentation of cosmological information. The 4 heads in roundels, with blasts of air escaping from the sides of their mouths, personify the winds. The head, hands, and feet of God that emerge from the cardinal points serve as reminders of the Christian God’s governing role in the cosmos.

Great Chain of Being, Robert Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi majoris scilicet et minoris ... Oppenheim; Frankfurt, 1617 Download file( .JPG, 2.1MB ) The ‘Great Chain of Being’ is an ancient Greek concept that classifies life on earth into a hierarchical order with respect to the rest of the universe. In this diagram, the oldest exhibit in the exhibition, the chain starts with Sophia, goddess of wisdom, and extends downwards to animals, plants and minerals.

Talk to the Hand: Finger Counting and Hand Diagrams in the Middle Ages

St John's College, Oxford, MS 17, f. 98v Talk to the Hand: Finger Counting and Hand Diagrams in the Middle Ages

Una mano como método para aprender solfeo, UPenn Ms. Codex 1248, f122r de finales del siglo XV.

Talk to the Hand: Finger Counting and Hand Diagrams in the Middle Ages

Before Design Thinking

First published in 1972, The Universal Traveler is a mad masterpiece of D.I.Y. hippie culture that deserves its place in history next to the Last Whole Earth Catalog. This quirky guide to the design process was created long before “design thinking” became a buzzword among business-oriented designers.

How Chemistry Works, in Gorgeous 19th-Century Diagrams

Giovanni LEON Reliquary of the hand of Saint Martha 1472-74 Convent of Santa Marta, Venice Venice