The Library of Babel Book
Score: 5
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The Library of Babel

  • Author : Jorge Luis Borges
  • Publisher : Pocket Paragon
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 56
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015049977229

The Library of Babel Excerpt :

"Not many living artists would be sufficiently brave or inspired to attempt reflecting in art what Borges constructs in words. But the detailed, evocative etchings by Erik Desmazieres provide a perfect counterpoint to the visionary prose. Like Borges, Desmazieres has created his own universe, his own definition of the meaning, topography and geography of the Library of Babel. Printed together, with the etchings reproduced in fine-line duotone, text and art unite to present an artist's book that belongs in the circle of Borges's sacrosanct Crimson Hexagon - "books smaller than natural books, books omnipotent, illustrated, and magical.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Poet Librarians in the Library of Babel Book

Poet Librarians in the Library of Babel

  • Author : Sommer Browning
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018-04-12
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : 1634000285

Poet Librarians in the Library of Babel Excerpt :

"A compendium of experimental essays, creative meditations, non-fiction accounts, and lyrical explorations that explore perspectives on subjects related to libraries and librarianship"--Back cover.

Tar for Mortar Book

Tar for Mortar

  • Author : Jonathan Basile
  • Publisher : punctum books
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 110
  • ISBN 10 : 9781947447509

Tar for Mortar Excerpt :

TAR FOR MORTAR offers an in-depth exploration of one of literature's greatest tricksters, Jorge Luis Borges. His short story "The Library of Babel" is a signature examplar of this playfulness, though not merely for the inverted world it imagines, where a library thought to contain all possible permutations of all letters and words and books is plumbed by pious librarians looking for divinely pre-fabricated truths. One must grapple as well with the irony of Borges's narration, which undermines at every turn its narrator's claims of the library's universality, including the very possibility of exhausting meaning through combinatory processing. Borges directed readers to his non-fiction to discover the true author of the idea of the universal library. But his supposedly historical essays are notoriously riddled with false references and self-contradictions. Whether in truth or in fiction, Borges never reaches a stable conclusion about the atomic premises of the universal library - is it possible to find a character set capable of expressing all possible meaning, or do these letters, like his stories and essays, divide from themselves in a restless incompletion? While many readers of Borges see him as presaging our digital technologies, they often give too much credit to our inventions in doing so. Those who elide the necessary incompletion of the Library of Babel compare it to the Internet on the assumption that both are total archives of all possible thought and expression. Though Borges's imaginings lend themselves to digital creativity ( is certainly evidence of this), they do so by showing the necessary incompleteness of every totalizing project, no matter how technologically refined. Ultimately, Basile nudges readers toward the idea that a fictional/imaginary exposition can hold a certain power over technology.

The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges  Library of Babel Book
Score: 4
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The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges Library of Babel

  • Author : William Goldbloom Bloch
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-08-25
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 0199715165

The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges Library of Babel Excerpt :

"The Library of Babel" is arguably Jorge Luis Borges' best known story--memorialized along with Borges on an Argentine postage stamp. Now, in The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel, William Goldbloom Bloch takes readers on a fascinating tour of the mathematical ideas hidden within one of the classic works of modern literature. Written in the vein of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning G?del, Escher, Bach, this original and imaginative book sheds light on one of Borges' most complex, richly layered works. Bloch begins each chapter with a mathematical idea--combinatorics, topology, geometry, information theory--followed by examples and illustrations that put flesh on the theoretical bones. In this way, he provides many fascinating insights into Borges' Library. He explains, for instance, a straightforward way to calculate how many books are in the Library--an easily notated but literally unimaginable number--and also shows that, if each book were the size of a grain of sand, the entire universe could only hold a fraction of the books in the Library. Indeed, if each book were the size of a proton, our universe would still not be big enough to hold anywhere near all the books. Given Borges' well-known affection for mathematics, this exploration of the story through the eyes of a humanistic mathematician makes a unique and important contribution to the body of Borgesian criticism. Bloch not only illuminates one of the great short stories of modern literature but also exposes the reader--including those more inclined to the literary world--to many intriguing and entrancing mathematical ideas.

Sammlung Book


  • Author : Jorge Luis Borges
  • Publisher : Penguin Modern Classics
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Argentine literature
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 0141183020

Sammlung Excerpt :

Though best known in the English speaking world for his short fictions and poems, Borges is revered in Latin America equally as an immensely prolific and beguiling writer of non-fiction prose. In THE TOTAL LIBRARY, more than 150 of Borges' most brilliant pieces are brought together for the first time in one volume - all in superb new translations. More than a hundred of the pieces have never previously been published in English. THE TOTAL LIBRARY presents Borges at once as a deceptively self-effacing guide to the universe and as the inventor of a universe that is an indispensible guide to Borges

Naming What We Know Book
Score: 3
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Naming What We Know

  • Author : Linda Adler-Kassner
  • Publisher : University Press of Colorado
  • Release Date : 2015-06-15
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780874219906

Naming What We Know Excerpt :

Naming What We Know examines the core principles of knowledge in the discipline of writing studies using the lens of “threshold concepts”—concepts that are critical for epistemological participation in a discipline. The first part of the book defines and describes thirty-seven threshold concepts of the discipline in entries written by some of the field’s most active researchers and teachers, all of whom participated in a collaborative wiki discussion guided by the editors. These entries are clear and accessible, written for an audience of writing scholars, students, and colleagues in other disciplines and policy makers outside the academy. Contributors describe the conceptual background of the field and the principles that run throughout practice, whether in research, teaching, assessment, or public work around writing. Chapters in the second part of the book describe the benefits and challenges of using threshold concepts in specific sites—first-year writing programs, WAC/WID programs, writing centers, writing majors—and for professional development to present this framework in action. Naming What We Know opens a dialogue about the concepts that writing scholars and teachers agree are critical and about why those concepts should and do matter to people outside the field.

Mindreadings Book


  • Author : Femi Oyebode
  • Publisher : RCPsych Publications
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN 10 : 1904671608

Mindreadings Excerpt :

This volume includes newly commissioned chapters as well as reworked articles originally published in the journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, all exploring the fruitful relationships between the written word and central aspects of psychiatric practice. The authors explore the description and representation of mental states, the lived experiences of distress, the character of psychiatry as a system and the institutional practices of psychiatry. Although written by psychiatrists primarily for psychiatrists, this collection offers accessible insight into mental illness through the pages of novels, poetry and autobiographies to be found in any bookshop.

Quantum Shorts Book

Quantum Shorts

  • Author : Michael Brooks
  • Publisher : Pagesetters Services
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN 10 : 9789811432712

Quantum Shorts Excerpt :

This book presents winning and shortlisted stories from past editions of the international Quantum Shorts competition. Inspired by the weird and wonderful world of quantum physics, the shorts range from bold imaginings of a quantum future to contemplations rooted in the everyday. They feature characters of all sorts: lovers beginning their lives together, an atom having an existential crisis, and, of course, cats. These Quantum Shorts will unleash in your mind a multiverse of ideas.

Tower of Babel Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Tower of Babel

  • Author : Robert T. Pennock
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2000-02-28
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 452
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262264051

Tower of Babel Excerpt :

Creationists have acquired a more sophisticated intellectual arsenal. This book reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. Creationism is no longer the simple notion it once was taken to be. Its new advocates have become more sophisticated in how they present their views, speaking of "intelligent design" rather than "creation science" and aiming their arguments against the naturalistic philosophical method that underlies science, proposing to replace it with a "theistic science." The creationism controversy is not just about the status of Darwinian evolution—it is a clash of religious and philosophical worldviews, for a common underlying fear among Creationists is that evolution undermines both the basis of morality as they understand it and the possibility of purpose in life. In Tower of Babel, philosopher Robert T. Pennock compares the views of the new creationists with those of the old and reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. One of Pennock's major innovations is to turn from biological evolution to the less charged subject of linguistic evolution, which has strong theoretical parallels with biological evolution, both in content and in the sort of evidence scientists use to draw conclusions about origins. Of course, an evolutionary view of language does conflict with the Bible, which says that God created the variety of languages at one time as punishment for the Tower of Babel. Several chapters deal with the work of Phillip Johnson, a highly influential leader of the new Creationists. Against his and other views, Pennock explains how science uses naturalism and discusses the relationship between factual and moral issues in the creationism-evolution controversy. The book also includes a discussion of Darwin's own shift from creationist to evolutionist and an extended argument for keeping private religious beliefs separate from public scientific knowledge.

Babel and Bible Book

Babel and Bible

  • Author : Friedrich Delitzsch
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-02
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 265
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108081610

Babel and Bible Excerpt :

The illustrated 1903 English edition of a controversial 1902 lecture and its sequel, tracing Old Testament narratives to Babylonian myths.

The Aleph and Other Stories  1933 1969 Book

The Aleph and Other Stories 1933 1969

  • Author : Jorge Luis Borges
  • Publisher : Plume Books
  • Release Date : 1978
  • Genre: Argentina
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105007494128

The Aleph and Other Stories 1933 1969 Excerpt :

"Dazzling and unmistakable in style, resonant in meaning, Jorge Luis Borges' 'The Aleph and Other Stories' contains the best of Borges' fiction. Included also is a lengthy autobiographical essay written especially for this volume. The twenty stories in this book cover the whole span and all the various facets of Borges' forty-year career as a short story writer. The collection is the most definitive and comprehensive available in English."--Jacket.

The Slow Fall of Babel Book

The Slow Fall of Babel

  • Author : Yuliya Minets
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-12-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 435
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108833462

The Slow Fall of Babel Excerpt :

Explores how early Christianity sought to define its relationship to speakers of foreign languages.

Blessings of Babel Book

Blessings of Babel

  • Author : Einar Haugen
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Release Date : 1987-01-01
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 185
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110862966

Blessings of Babel Excerpt :

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF LANGUAGE brings to students, researchers and practitioners in all of the social and language-related sciences carefully selected book-length publications dealing with sociolinguistic theory, methods, findings and applications. It approaches the study of language in society in its broadest sense, as a truly international and interdisciplinary field in which various approaches, theoretical and empirical, supplement and complement each other. The series invites the attention of linguists, language teachers of all interests, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, historians etc. to the development of the sociology of language.

Beyond Babel Book

Beyond Babel

  • Author : Larissa Brewer-García
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-08-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108493000

Beyond Babel Excerpt :

Examines how black intermediaries in colonial Spanish America influenced written portrayals of virtuous and beautiful blackness.

In Babel s Shadow Book

In Babel s Shadow

  • Author : Tuska Benes
  • Publisher : Wayne State University Press
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN 10 : 0814333044

In Babel s Shadow Excerpt :

A comprehensive cultural history of the language sciences in nineteenth-century Germany.