Signs Are Taken for Wonders
Solomon Marcus, Between Art and Science
Solomon Marcus was a Romanian scientist, whose fields of research span mathematical analysis, theoretical computer science, measure theory and general topology, linguistics, history and philosophy of mathematics, poetics, semiotics and applications of mathematics social science etc. From the very beginning of his career, Marcus showed a deep interest in analyzing the complex relationships between literature and science (mathematics), trying to identify those arguments which plead for what might be called “the unity of knowledge”. In his book on mathematical poetics the scientist has demonstrated that poetry and mathematics are both routes towards self-knowledge (as well as modalities of creating ideal objects). Moreover, his work as a whole underscores the increasing importance of aesthetics in the field of “hard” sciences. This article will focus on those strategies used by Marcus in his essays as neutralisers of the tensions between self-reading and world-reading.