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Simons Center Lecture by Mathematician William Goldbloom Bloch
Start Date: 5/21/2013Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 5/21/2013

Event Description:
Refreshments at 5:00 pm. All are welcome

Lost in a Good Book: the Inescapable Labyrinths of Borges' Library of Babel

Jorge Luis Borges, the poet, essayist, librarian, and master crafter of short stories, was arguably the most influential writer in Spanish in the 20th century. An autodidact, he read and reread works by (among others) Bertrand Russell on the foundations and philosophy of mathematics, and these considerations explicitly directed the arcs of many of his short stories. "The Library of Babel" is perhaps his most famous story, and in its scant seven pages, he deploys simple combinatorial notions to create a miasmic atmosphere and raise questions about the meaningfulness of our existence. The story also engages ideas from three-dimensional manifold theory, real analysis, and graph theory; moreover, it is open to an interpretation from the theory of computation.

This talk will touch on a number of these themes. More »
Location Information:
West Campus - Simons Center for Geometry and Physics  (View Map)
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-4459
Room: Gallery, First Floor

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