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George Spencer Brown’s “Design with the NOR”: With Related Essays

Steffen Roth
La Rochelle Business School, France

Markus Heidingsfelder
Xiamen University Malaysia, Malaysia

Lars Clausen
UCL University College, Denmark

Klaus Brønd Laursen
University of Aarhus, Denmark

Product Details
08 Mar 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
284 pages - 152 x 229mm
George Spencer Brown, a polymath and author of Laws of Form, brought together mathematics, electronics, engineering and philosophy to form an unlikely bond.

This book investigates Design with NOR, the title of the yet unpublished 1961 typescript by Spencer Brown. The typescript formed through the author's experiences as technical engineer and developer of a new form of switching algebra for Mullard Equipment Ltd., a British manufacturer of electronic components, and is published here for the first time.

Related essays contextualise the typescript drawing on a variety backgrounds from mathematics and engineering to philosophy and sociology, and thus invite readers to a reverse-engineering of both the form and its laws.
Chapter 1. Design with the NOR; George Spencer Brown 
Chapter 2. Transcending Engineering Practice. NOR on the Path from Transistor Technology to Universal Indeterminacy; Albrecht Fritzsche 
Chapter 3. NOR. Truth table, true distinction; Steffen Roth 
Chapter 4. Theory, Society and George Spencer Brown; Lars Clausen 
Chapter 5. Meaning Negation; Franz Hoegl 
Chapter 6. "oo"; Divyamaan Sahoo 
Chapter 7. Marking the Mark. George Spencer Brown’s Operator Across the Disciplines; Markus Heidingsfelder, Peter Zeiner, Kelvin Ooi Jian Aun, and Mohammad Arif Sobhan Bhuiyan
Steffen Roth, Professor of Management at the La Rochelle Business School, France, and Adjunct Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Turku, Finland. His research interests focus on management and organization theory as well as the digital transformation of social theory.

Markus Heidingsfelder, Assistant Professor of Communication Theory and Media Studies at Xiamen University Malaysia. His research interests are located at the intersection of sociological theory, communication theory, and cultural theory.

Lars Clausen, Lecturer at UCL University College, Denmark and doctoral candidate at Europa University Flensburg. His research is centered on the theory of communication and applied interdisciplinary research.

Klaus Brønd Laursen, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Management at the Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests include the economy and morality, temporality, and market studies.

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