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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.

Synopsis:

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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [117]-119) and index.

About the Author

UMBERTO ECO is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156007511
Translator:
Weaver, William
Author:
Weaver, William
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Intercultural communication
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Intellectuals
Subject:
Essays - Single Authors
Subject:
Language and languages -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Communication Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.39 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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