Lately, I've been digging into various disciplines (with a bit of luck) to understand Zettelkasten better.
I'm speculating that the structure of society is a major influence in building the Zettelkasten — much like how Tim Berners-Lee got inspiration from the web.
Relevantly, Berners-Lee also got inspiration from two things:
1. Tracking associations in his notes. He wanted important information to be linked and **to be found***.
2. Connecting different databases. So you could say that the schema of building databases may help you understand ZK systems better.
In any case, I've been searching a lot and there were no concrete signs of people doing this system before Luhmann. Francis Bacon was only rumored to do it, to be fair.
All scholars before him either used a commonplace book with an Index, or index cards + catalogues.
But I don't think this is enough. Any leads?
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