Serendipities: Language and Lunacy

Serendipities: Language and Lunacy

Umberto Eco


Serendipities is a cautious unraveling of the tremendous and the fake, an excellent exposition of ways unanticipated truths usually spring from fake principles. From Leibniz's trust that the I Ching illustrated the foundations of calculus to Marco Polo's mistaking a rhinoceros for a unicorn, Umberto Eco deals a stunning journey of highbrow background, illuminating the ways that we undertaking the time-honored onto the unusual to make experience of the realm. Uncovering layers of errors that experience formed human background, Eco deals with wit and readability such cases as Columbus's voyage to the hot international, the fictions that grew round the Rosicrucians and Knights Templar, and the linguistic endeavors to recreate the language of Babel, to teach how serendipities can evolve out of blunders. With erudition, anecdotes, and scholarly rigor, this new choice of essays is certain to entertain and enlighten any reader with a fondness for the curious heritage of languages and ideas.

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