What Does Jorge Luis Borges’ “Library of Babel” Look Like?


Programmer Jamie Zawinski has created a digital rendering of the infinite, hexagonal library that is the subject and setting of Jorge Luis Borges’s short story “The Library of Babel.”

In his famous short story “The Library of Babel,” Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges imagines an infinite library that houses “all possible books,” meaning every conceivable combination of letters in the alphabet. These include, Borges writes, everything from “the archangels’ autobiographies” to “the true story of your death.” (Some readers, interpreting the story as a mathematical thought experiment, estimate that the number of possible books is somewhere around 251,312,000 or 1.956 × 101,834,097. )

Argentine fabulist Jorge Luis Borges penned one of his most extraordinary and bewildering stories, “The Library of Babel,” while employed as an assistant librarian.

Visit The Online Library of Babel: New Web Site Turns Borges’ “Library of Babel” Into a Virtual Reality

via Hyperallergic and Open Culture

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by Hugh McLeod

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