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The Images of Order


David Frank Maas

The Images of Order is a novel application of a fertile idea originally conceived by Kenneth Boulding in The Image and expanded by J. Samuel Bois in The Art of Awareness. From a handful of images variously called standardized analogies or mental models, a student is given maximum ability to generalize, making sense of an almost endless variety of theoretical constructs and analogies from the hard sciences to the fine arts.
Contents: Twelve academic subjects ranging from chemistry and physics to music theory and psychology (representing the physical sciences and the social sciences) are meaningfully synthesized and integrated upon a hierarchy of images or standardized analogies; the framework, the clock, the thermostat, the cell, the plant, the animal, and the human.