Serendipities: Language & Lunacy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - 129 páginas
Serendipities is a careful unraveling of the fabulous and the false, a brilliant exposition of how unanticipated truths often spring from false ideas. From Leibniz's belief that the I Ching illustrated the principles of calculus to Marco Polo's mistaking a rhinoceros for a unicorn, Umberto Eco offers a dazzling tour of intellectual history, illuminating the ways in which we project the familiar onto the strange to make sense of the world. Uncovering layers of mistakes that have shaped human history, Eco offers with wit and clarity such instances as Columbus's voyage to the New World, the fictions that grew around the Rosicrucians and Knights Templar, and the linguistic endeavors to recreate the language of Babel, to show how serendipities can evolve out of mistakes. With erudition, anecdotes, and scholarly rigor, this new collection of essays is sure to entertain and enlighten any reader with a passion for the curious history of languages and ideas.

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Umberto Eco is best known for his book, "The Name of the Rose" which was made into a movie starring Sean Connery. He was, however, a literary critic and university professor. For this book, he has his ... Leer comentario completo

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Somewhere in an earlier Alomodovar film, maybe Flower of the Secret, a character describes a scenario for a film, one which actually A would eventually create as Volver. I really like that, the ... Leer comentario completo

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2 LANGUAGES IN PARADISE
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3 FROM MARCO POLO TO LEIBNIZ
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4 THE LANGUAGE OF THE AUSTRAL LAND
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5THE LINGUISTICS OF JOSEPH DE MAISTRE
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UMBERTO ECO is the author of five novels and numerous essay collections, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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