In two impressive volumes -- first published in 1928 and 1929 -- distinguished mathematician Florian Cajori shows the origin, evolution, and dissemination of each symbol and the competition it faced in its rise to popularity or fall into obscurity.
Mishima: The Temple of Dawn Penguin Books - Harmondsworth, 1977 cover design by Tsutomu Harada
The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima Interestingly, Mishima has written at least one other book about the ocean, which i guess is not a huge surprise in how pivotal it is in the Sailor Who Fell from Grave with the Sea. Could this be to do with his nationalistic ideas about Japan and WWII? After all, the ocean played a huge role in the Pacific Theatre of WWII, with almost all fighting done on water.
I had the privilege of meeting the literary scholar Donald Keene, who was a personal friend of Yukio Mishima. What a beautiful book. So frank in its treatment of youthful sexual awakening, and a remarkable portrait of a small fishing village in Japan.