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152

Language

English

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BORGES AND MATHEMATICS is a short book of essays that explores the scientific thinking of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899 to 1986). Around half of the book consists of two "lectures" focused on mathematics. The rest of the book reflects on the relationship between literature, artistic creation, physics, and mathematics more generally. Written in a way that will be accessible even to those "who can only count to ten," the book presents a bravura demonstration of the intricate links between the worlds of sciences and arts, and it is a thought-provoking call to dialog for readers from both traditions.

The author GUILLERMO MARTÍNEZ is an internationally recognized Argentine writer who also holds a PhD in mathematics. His short story “Vast Hell” was published in The New Yorker (2009), and his novel The Oxford Murders (2003) has been translated into thirty five languages. He is also the author of four more novels, including Regarding Roderer (1992) and The Book of Murder (2007), as well as several books of essays, including Gödel (para todos) (with Gustavo Piñero).

The translator ANDREA G. LABINGER has published numerous translations of Latin American fiction. Among the many authors she has translated are Sabina Berman, Carlos Cerda, Daína Chaviano, Mempo Giardinelli, and Luisa Valenzuela. She has been a finalist three times in the PEN USA competition.

ISBN

9781612492513 (ePDF)

Publication Date

Fall 10-3-2012

Publisher

Purdue University Press

City

West Lafayette, IN

Disciplines

Fiction | Latin American Literature | Logic and Foundations | Nonfiction | Other Mathematics

Comments

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Latino Cultural Center at Purdue University, a downloadable copy of this book is made available free-of-charge to the Purdue University community for a limited term so that interested readers can prepare for the visit of the author to Purdue University on October 3rd, 2012.

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