Abstract / Synopsis
The dot is the simplest graphic symbol, and in the most diverse areas of human thought it signifies the original principle. At the point as a symbol lies the basis of antinomy in the corresponding areas; as the beginning of everything, the point is and is not. The dot represents emptiness, but also fullness. It is imagined on the border of being and non-being, either as a place of transition from what we consider reality in everyday life -- to its negation, or, on the contrary, as a transition from otherworldly reality to nothingness here. In any case, the point connects two worlds: the world of the real and the world of the imagined; it is a place of transcendence.
Ruža Jeličić, "Mathematical Counterpoint: A Short Essay on the Point," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 12 Issue 2 (July 2022), pages 399-403. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.XSKT1827. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol12/iss2/20