Thomas Digges,‘A Perfit Description of the Caelestiall Orbes according to the most aunciente doctrine of the Pythagoreans, latelye revived by Copernicus and by Geometricall Demonstrations approved’, the first publication in English of the Copernican heliocentric model of the universe, presented as an appendix to the 1576 reprint of Leonard Digges’ 1556 almanac A Prognostication everlasting. Image courtesy Gerry Gilmore.

What is an 'implicasphere'?

The Implicasphere project aims to explode and tangle the apparent simplicity of meaning of ordinary, concrete words like 'mice' and 'string' by exploring the associations that attach to them.

The word 'implicasphere' is adapted from a term coined by science writer Douglas R Hofstadter and refers to the radii of associations that encircle each word in the imagination of those who hear, read or simply consider them. If you were to ask someone what they thought of when you say 'bread', and they respond with 'toast', then their implicaspheres are likely to be small; but if they say 'raven' then their implicaspheres are creatively – perhaps even insanely – broad.

Our project seeks to fuel the implicaspherical energy of our readers, provoking bursts of association, acknowledging meanwhile that we can only ever hope to chart the editors' implicaspheres while inspiring the reader's.