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Library of Babel
A project towards a universal library. By this art you may contemplate the variation of the 23 letters.
books  library  art  borges  babel  experimental  literature  philosophy  libraryofbabel 
september 2018 by nununo
Library of Babel
A project towards a universal library. By this art you may contemplate the variation of the 23 letters.
Contains every possible page of 3200 characters.
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june 2016 by Devster
Andy on Twitter: "#LibraryOfBabel @JonotrainEB Check out page 293 of the book titled pdvfhp"
#LibraryOfBabel @JonotrainEB Check out page 293 of the book titled pdvfhp

— Andy (@thprfssr) January 14, 2016
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january 2016 by mikelynch
Library of Babel
The Library of Babel is a place for scholars to do research, for artists and writers to seek inspiration, for anyone with curiosity or a sense of humor to reflect on the weirdness of existence - in short, it’s just like any other library. If completed, it would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters, including lower case letters, space, comma, and period. Thus, it would contain every book that ever has been written, and every book that ever could be - including every play, every song, every scientific paper, every legal decision, every constitution, every piece of scripture, and so on. At present it contains all possible pages of 3200 characters, about 104677 books.
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december 2015 by stjp
Start-ups and Slash Fiction |
"My talk from NEXT Berlin 2012, in which I talk about ways of making meaning and fiction online (Original video on the NEXT site).

The quote at the the end, that “the history of the Internet is a history of metaphors about the Internet”, which I mistakenly attribute to Sherry Turkle, is actually by Christine Smallwood, as quoted in Andrew Blum’s Tubes (below), and appears to originate in an article called “What does the Internet look like?” in The Baffler, no longer online but preserved by the Internet Archive."

[Video also here and here ]

[Phrases of note:

* post-geographical position (William Gibson)
* notional space (William Gibson)
* Borges wrote fanfiction
* Gibson was always a Beat writer

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july 2012 by robertogreco
How We Know by Freeman Dyson | The New York Review of Books
"The public has a distorted view of science, because children are taught in school that science is a collection of firmly established truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries. Wherever we go exploring in the world around us, we find mysteries. Our planet is covered by continents and oceans whose origin we cannot explain. Our atmosphere is constantly stirred by poorly understood disturbances that we call weather and climate. The visible matter in the universe is outweighed by a much larger quantity of dark invisible matter that we do not understand at all. The origin of life is a total mystery, and so is the existence of human consciousness. We have no clear idea how the electrical discharges occurring in nerve cells in our brains are connected with our feelings and desires and actions."

"The immense size of modern databases gives us a feeling of meaninglessness. Information in such quantities reminds us of Borges’s library extending infinitely in all directions. It is our task as humans to bring meaning back into this wasteland. As finite creatures who think and feel, we can create islands of meaning in the sea of information. Gleick ends his book with Borges’s image of the human condition: "We walk the corridors, searching the shelves and rearranging them, looking for lines of meaning amid leagues of cacophony and incoherence, reading the history of the past and of the future, collecting our thoughts and collecting the thoughts of others, and every so often glimpsing mirrors, in which we may recognize creatures of the information.""
freemandyson  books  language  meaning  science  information  history  theory  jamesgleick  wikipedia  borges  libraryofbabel  jimmywales  mooreslaw  claudeshannon  infinitelibrary  relationships  pupose  infooverload  thelibraryofbabel  from delicious
february 2011 by robertogreco
Books-A-Million » American Scientist
"In William Goldbloom Bloch’s mathematical companion to “The Library of Babel,” the first task is to calculate the number of distinct books that can be created in this way. There’s not much to it. Borges tells us that the alphabet of the books is restricted to 25 symbols (22 letters, the comma, the period and the word space). He also mentions that each book has 410 pages, with 40 lines of 80 characters on each page. Thus a book consists of 410 × 40 × 80 = 1,312,000 symbols. There are 25 choices for each of these symbols, and so the library’s collection consists of 251,312,000 books."
borges  mathematics  math  fiction  literature  science  libraryofbabel  books  labibliotecadebabel  thelibraryofbabel 
december 2008 by robertogreco
The Word Farms of the Web [The Guardian]
on the continuing commercialization of writing for search-engine-optimization
writing  internet  libraryofbabel 
october 2007 by ouroboros
The Library of Babel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"...conceiving of a universe in the form of a vast library containing all possible 410-page books that can be composed in a certain character set." [via Melinda Po]
libraryofbabel  language  knowledge  epistemology  borges  literature 
january 2007 by buzz

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