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Author Bloch, William Goldbloom.

Title The unimaginable mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel / William Goldbloom Bloch.

Publication Info. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.


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Description 1 online resource (xx, 192 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-185) and index.
Contents Combinatorics : contemplating variations of the 23 letters -- Information theory : cataloging the collection -- Real analysis : the book of sand -- Topology and cosmology : the universe (which others call the library) -- Geometry and graph theory : ambiguity and access -- More combinatorics : disordering into order -- A homomorphism : structure into meaning -- Critical points -- Openings.
Note Print version record.
Summary "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 Godel, 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-
Subject Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986 -- Knowledge -- Mathematics.
Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986. (OCoLC)fst00030252
Mathematics and literature.
Mathematics -- Philosophy.
Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- Spanish & Portuguese.
Mathematics. (OCoLC)fst01012163
Mathematics and literature. (OCoLC)fst01012327
Mathematics -- Philosophy. (OCoLC)fst01012213
Other Form: Print version: Bloch, William Goldbloom. Unimaginable mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008 9780195334579 0195334574 (DLC) 2008017271 (OCoLC)177015507
Standard No. 9786611723989
ISBN 9780199715169 (electronic bk.)
0199715165 (electronic bk.)
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