The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel Hardcover – Sep 15 2008
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"Mr. Bloch, professor of mathematics at Wheaton College, has woven an elegant, ingenious, scholarly interpretation of Borges's text that contradicts the disingenuous 'unimaginable' of his title."New York Sun
"For the reader of Borges, however, some of Bloch's observations may offer a useful new way of engaging with the themes of the fiction."  American Scientist
"You need no advanced mathematics to understand 'The Library of Babel' but chances are good that if you like the story, you'll enjoy Professor Bloch's excursions."  Mathematical Association of America Review
"Mr. Bloch, professor of mathematics at Wheaton College, has woven an elegant, ingenious, scholarly interpretation of Borges's text that contradicts the disingenuous 'unimaginable' of his title."New York Sun
"For the reader of Borges, some of Bloch's observations may offer a useful new way of engaging with the themes of the fiction."  American Scientist
"You need no advanced mathematics to understand 'The Library of Babel' but chances are good that if you like the story, you'll enjoy Professor Bloch's excursions."  Mathematical Association of America Review
"Given Borges' wellknown 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."Mathematical Reviews
About the Author
William Goldbloom Bloch is Professor of Mathematics at Wheaton College.
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