[Humanist] 27.141 history of markup? readings on modelling?

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Thu Jun 20 22:05:10 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 141.
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  [1]   From:    Kimberly Tryka <ktryka at gmail.com>                         (12)
        Subject: looking for a reference

  [2]   From:    Michael Ullyot <ullyot at ucalgary.ca>                       (15)
        Subject: Theorizing the Model

        Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:19:17 -0400
        From: Kimberly Tryka <ktryka at gmail.com>
        Subject: looking for a reference

Hello -

I'm trying to track down a reference to a book chapter (maybe a journal
article) that describes the evolution of markup in written text.  What is
clever about it is that as the text describes the changes, it also mimics
what it is describing visually.  So, something like:

then someone came up with upper and lower case, and eventually there was
punctuation added.

(This is only a pale imitation.)

Many thanks in advance to anyone can lead me to the reference.

---Kim Tryka

        Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:01:07 -0600
        From: Michael Ullyot <ullyot at ucalgary.ca>
        Subject: Theorizing the Model

Dear all:

I'd like to ask both a research and a teaching question, about the most productive *and* accessible theorizations of the Model in artistic, scientific, and in-between disciplines like ours.

I'm teaching a course (this fall) in my university's interdisciplinary arts-and-science undergraduate program on the very broad theme of 'representation.' I'm comparing the relationships between scientific theories, artistic representations, and quantitative/tractable models of research objects (in any field) that make them computationally addressable. 

The question is this: which essays or articles would best introduce these advanced undergraduates to the third category? 

I ask Humanist readers because our own Willard McCarty's essay, "Modeling: a study in words and meanings" from *A companion to digital humanities* (2004), is cited in Matt Burton's "Joy of Topic Modeling" blog post last month < http://mcburton.net/blog/joy-of-tm/ >. This seems the natural place to start, but I wonder if readers have used other texts to induce intelligent non-specialists to join, or at least to grasp, our field.

These are my other texts:
* David Bohm, *On Creativity*
* Virginia Woolf, *The Waves* (and Stephen Ramsay's work on the same)
* Richard Dawkins, *The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing*

With thanks,
Michael Ullyot

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