# Collapse Volume I: Numerical Materialism

**Collapse Volume I: Numerical Materialism (Reissued Edition)**

**Collapse Volume I: Numerical Materialism (Reissued Edition)**

Robin Mackay (Ed.)

December 2012

Urbanomic

Associate Editors: Ray Brassier, Michael Carr

Paperback 107x175mm, 288pp

ISBN 978-0-9553087-5-8

*Collapse I* is an unprecedented collection of work by leading practitioners in diverse fields of enquiry. Conceived as a meticulously compiled and compendious miscellany, a grimoire or instruction manual without referent, as a delirious carnival of sobriety, *Collapse* operates its war against good sense not through romantic flight but through the formal insanity secreted in the depths of the rational ("the rational is not reasonable").

*Collapse* aims to force unforeseen conjunctions, singular correspondences, and unnatural cross-fertilisations; to diagram abstract regions as yet unnamed.

The first volume of *Collapse* investigates the nature and philosophical uses of number through interviews with philosophers scientists and mathematicians, essays on the mathematics of intensity, terrorism, the occult and information theory, and graphical works of multiplicity.

**Contents**

ROBIN MACKAY - Editorial Introduction

ALAIN BADIOU - Philosophy, Sciences, Mathematics (Interview)

GREGORY CHAITIN - Epistemology as Information Theory

REZA NEGARESTANI - The Militarization of Peace

MATTHEW WATKINS - Prime Evolution (Interview)

"INCOGNITUM" - Introduction to ABJAD

NICK BOSTROM - Existential Risk (Interview)

THOMAS DUZER - On the Mathematics of Intensity

KEITH TILFORD - Crowds

NICK LAND - Qabbala 101

Notes on Contributors