We need to turn again to the Islamic contemporaries of Mayor and Alphonso to find a medieval ‘computer’ or computation device – the astrolabe and the torquetum.
Islamic engineers were also responsible for wonderful automata. The castle clock (1206), made by Ismail Al-Jazari, is considered the first programmable analog computer.
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These images are the first draft of the upcoming release of Mayor: the case of the theftless thief, series 1 of the Mayor series. Check out the Mayor playlist on Spotify.
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Since leaving the higher education sector I’ve been focussed on thinking about education more holistically – I’m particularly interested in the interface between education and media, but I want to understand better how we can bring our traditional educational institutions to embrace the possibilities that the network and media are opening up. We need to reinvent education to suit the nature of our working lives, and our need to engage in routine lifelong learning. I use my research and writing skills to explore these issues. I consult on education issues and assist postgraduate students with their theses.
As an artist, my new project is Mayor, a graphic novel set in thirteenth century Spain. You can find out more about these activities in my blog: geniwate.com.
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The case of the theftless thief