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English edition. To memorize anything, distribute vivid,
emotionally stirring imagined images around a piece of familiar
architecture. This is the method of loci, or memory palace method, first
developed in classical antiquity. Giordano Bruno perfected the art in
the late 16th Century. He published a series of books on the subject,
beginning with De Umbris Idearum (On the Shadows of Ideas). His
work and life would lead him across the major centers of Renaissance
Europe, to the patronage of kings and nobles, the scorn and envy of
academics, and ultimately to his imprisonment and execution at the hands
of the Roman Inquisition in 1600.Bruno’s works have been reprinted
periodically since his death. The current edition is the first complete
English translation to be published.

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Nov 04, 2014

I first heard about this book many years ago while reading Frances Yates' The Art of Memory. I was surprised that no one had come out with an English version, and spent a couple of years trying to find someone willing to do a translation. Eventually, if no one else steps forward, you have to try for yourself.

It's great to see so many people reading and enjoying it. Thanks for all the comments and reviews.
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May 12, 2014

This beautiful book is a chunk of history at your fingertips. Giordano Bruno writes on the art of memory, a loosely organized group of mnemonic techniques and principles often referred to as loci.

de Umbris Idearum chronicles Bruno's methods of loci as well as other pertinent documentation. Bruno was well known and encountered endless meetings with noblemen, kings as well as the scorn and envy of academics leading to his ultimate death. Skeptics attributed his elaborate system of mnemonics to This beautiful book is a chunk of history at your fingertips. Giordano Bruno writes on the art of memory, a loosely organized group of mnemonic techniques and principles often referred to as loci.��

de Umbris Idearum chronicles Bruno's methods of loci as well as other pertinent documentation. Bruno was well known and encountered endless meetings with noblemen, kings as well as the scorn and envy of academics leading to his ultimate death. Skeptics attributed his elaborate system of mnemonics to magical powers. King Henry III summoned Bruno to investigate whether his talent was natural or acquired by magical art. Resulting in his successful meeting with King Henry III, Bruno wrote a series of books, thus de Umbris Idearum being the first authored.

This book is a treasure - it is the first complete English translation in its original form.��

Bruno's influence on later philosophy, especially that of Spinoza and Leibniz, was profound, and he is widely considered a forerunner of modern science. Philosophy and Science admirers will undoubtedly appreciate this masterpiece.




A copy of de Umbris Idearum provided by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ...more
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Dec 06, 2013

In the distant past Giordano Bruno penned in Latin "De Umbris Idearum & Ars Memoriae” (On The Shadows of Ideas & The Art of Memory), a complete dissertation on the philosophy of our memories and how to better memorize items. Translator, Scott Gosnell, has given us an excellent modern day translation of this 16th century text. The life of Bruno could be an entire volume, but Gosnell has provided an appropriately brief introduction to the lasting effects the life of Giordano Bruno, and the In the distant past Giordano Bruno penned in Latin "De Umbris Idearum & Ars Memoriae” (On The Shadows of Ideas & The Art of Memory), a complete dissertation on the philosophy of our memories and how to better memorize items. Translator, Scott Gosnell, has given us an excellent modern day translation of this 16th century text. The life of Bruno could be an entire volume, but Gosnell has provided an appropriately brief introduction to the lasting effects the life of Giordano Bruno, and the importance of this text, has had on the past 500 years of history without being overwhelming.

Bruno presented and formalized the idea of using a sequence of visualizations, such as mentally walking through a room, and using the mental visualizations to help in the recall of information. Bruno’s command of this ability ultimately led to his persecution and execution, but the implications of this practice are so far reaching that the reader is most likely already familiar with the basics of the ideas presented in the second half of the book, The Art of Memory. The ideas in this text are as valuable today as they were centuries before.

This modern day translation reads like old Latin at times and the thought process behind the text is from a dedicated academic. This is no tome of light reading – it is on the same level as higher level text books and pulls no punches when assuming the capabilities of the reader. It is not completely esoteric though and should be accessible to most capable readers. While this is a translation, it is obvious Scott Gosnell has kept true to the feel and rhythm of the original text without venturing into undue creative license.

This is must read for any intellectual, but it is likewise a must read for anyone interested in improving their memory and ability of informational recall.

Disclaimer: This book was a free copy from the author and reviewed in Kindle format. ...more
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Feb 26, 2014

" Creemos que el arte subsiste a la sombra de las ideas siempre que, precediéndola, aviva la naturaleza entumecida, la dirige y la guía cuando ésta se desvía y se separa de su camino, le da fuerzas cuando las necesita, la sostiene cuando está exhausta y la endereza cuando se tuerce..."

era... el arte de la memoria.
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Jul 14, 2017

No compréis un libro por el autor porque en mi caso ha sido un poco chof. Creía que iba a hablar de sus teorías científicas y teológicas pero... No.
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May 11, 2019

Estamos ante el primer mecanismo de la memoria que publicó Bruno, al menos de los que han sobrevivido. No necesita más presentación que la que Frances Yates le da en el imprescindible El arte de la memoria.

En cuanto a la propuesta de esta edición, sólo hay que recalcar dos cosas:

1) Estamos muy poco avanzados en la comprensión del funcionamiento de las artes de la memoria de Bruno, ya que hace 400 años que el último maestro de la memoria murió. Aparte de esto, la mentalidad para abordar este Estamos ante el primer mecanismo de la memoria que publicó Bruno, al menos de los que han sobrevivido. No necesita más presentación que la que Frances Yates le da en el imprescindible El arte de la memoria.

En cuanto a la propuesta de esta edición, sólo hay que recalcar dos cosas:

1) Estamos muy poco avanzados en la comprensión del funcionamiento de las artes de la memoria de Bruno, ya que hace 400 años que el último maestro de la memoria murió. Aparte de esto, la mentalidad para abordar este tipo de cosas no puede ser la mentalidad moderna, que tiende a racionalizarlo todo. Quizás no sea tan complicado, quizás lo tenemos todo el rato delante de nuestras narices, quizás es una simple conversión de fe, pero lleva tiempo adaptarse. Lo que parece claro es que los escritos de Yates y los posteriores de Ignacio Gómez de Liaño marcan ya la ruta de viaje necesaria. Es sólo cuestión de tiempo que nos acostumbremos a estas rarezas que no deberían serlo tanto. Eduardo Vinatea, que es el encargado de introducir y anotar esta edición, hace referencias continuas a Liaño. Esto se entiende ya que éste es el único que se ha dedicado en exclusiva, aparte de Yates, a sacar de su ostracismo al Bruno mnemónico. Por tanto, de la mano de Eduardo Vinatea vamos a comprender mejor al Bruno mnemónico.

2) Parece que hay una disputa respecto a lo que es el artefacto mnemónico en cuestión. A primera vista, según Vinatea, nos encontramos ante un mecanismo que ayuda a la memoria de palabras, esto es, para memorizar palabras sueltas o en todo caso pequeñas frases. A parte de esto, Vinatea está a favor, al igual que lo hizo Liaño, de que el artefacto es un talismán mágico que sirve para reordenar la mente y que se eleve a los arquetipos astrales y por ende facilitar una automorfosis de la persona que practica. El éxito de esta empresa se llevaría acabo en base a combinar la rueda con 30 segmentos en que aparecen las imágenes astrales con otras ruedas que representan objetos de la naturaleza y a los inventores de las artes. O sea, una enciclopedia mágica de la historia humana y arquetípica. Si bien Yates, Liaño y ahora Vinatea apoyan esta interpretación, a lo largo de los años han salido detractores de esta teoría. Yo soy de los que piensa que la teoría de Yates-Liaño-Vinatea es bastante válida, y eso es porque yo soy un astrólogo practicante y he visto lo necesario para darme cuenta de que el mundo no se presta siempre a un gélido racionalismo que probablemente ha hecho mucho daño a nuestros queridos académicos, incluso actualmente a los de la casa Warburg, donde una genio como Yates nació. En cualquier caso, todavía es pronto para sacar conclusiones. Se tiene que poner en práctica el mecanismo para ver si la propuesta de Yates es rotundamente válida o sólo parcialmente o es válida o no según cómo se mire. ...more
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Jul 14, 2019

Absolutely brilliant book. I'm fascinated by Giordano Bruno. He is what encompasses the meaning of being a human who seeks knowledge for its own sake.
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Apr 02, 2019

I can't really say much about the context of this book. It was dense by the standard of Bruno's time and these days it can't simply be read - it requires acquiring a good deal of knowledge about the context it was written in and the text can only be digested one little bit at a time. It's a book for studying and it might require years to process its messages properly.

What I wanted to comment on is the translation. I love John Michael Greer for the lucidity of his writing style coupled with I can't really say much about the context of this book. It was dense by the standard of Bruno's time and these days it can't simply be read - it requires acquiring a good deal of knowledge about the context it was written in and the text can only be digested one little bit at a time. It's a book for studying and it might require years to process its messages properly.

What I wanted to comment on is the translation. I love John Michael Greer for the lucidity of his writing style coupled with meticulousness of approach. The parts of 'On the Shadow of the Ideas', that I was able to understand in the first brief look through, were made almost easy by the translation. The book is sprinkled with footnotes for the places where Bruno's vocabulary gets particularly outlandish and there are plenty of hints on what other sources could be studied to make the text more understandable. What makes this edition particularly interesting is the closing chapter by the translator on how to put Bruno's ideas to use in this day and age. And this way, for those of us who are going to put time into doing the exercises, it makes it possible to reflect 'On the Shadow of Ideas' through the first hand experience. That alone deserves at least 6 stars! ...more
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May 07, 2016

Fascinating piece on why the shadows contain basic elements, yet at the same time the deepest "truths".

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