Journals Higher Education



Published: 25 August 2008

224 Pages | 60 line illus.

5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9780195334579

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The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel

William Goldbloom Bloch

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 Gödel, Escher, Bach, this original and imaginative book sheds light on one of Borges' most complex, richly layered works. 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.


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