Signs, Symbols and Ciphers

Decoding the Message



ISBN: 9780500300879 Categories: ,

Georges Jean


How does a sign represent something other than itself? How do we understand the meaning of a written symbol? Can clothes be a sign? Can sounds?

Signs and symbols represent ideas and objects and, over time, these marks and gestures have multiplied into a complex network of images. This handy pocket-book combines scholarship, documentary evidence and fantastic illustrations to provide the story of how we have interacted with signs and symbols across the ages.

Additional information

Weight 329 g
Dimensions 12.3 x 18 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 12 January 1999
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 12.3 x 18 cm
Weight 329 g


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Georges Jean (1920 - 2011) was a French poet and essayist specializing in the field of linguistics, poetry and the philosophy of semiology.