|More than a thought but less than a fact|
For thousands of years, paper has been the preferred delivery system for art, as well as literature and science; it is how we recorded and transmitted our greatest ideas. Paper hosted Issac Newton's revolutionary ideas in Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica just as it hosted Michelangelo's sketches of the Libyan Sibyl.
But paper is more than just a host for content; its properties can participate in its content.
|Detail from an illustration by Arno Sternglass (below)|
Paper has accompanied us on our human journey, enabling us to make our knowledge cumulative by preserving our achievements for the next generation. So before paper is completely eclipsed by electronic visual displays, I think we owe it a little thought. This week I will offer a series of perspectives about paper-- its origins, nature and supernatural qualities.