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Borges and Mathematics

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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 (1899-1986). 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 b ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by Purdue University Press (first published 2003)
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Laura LVD
Otra usuaria de Goodreads me preguntó que tal me parecía el libro; me dijo que lo tenía para leerlo, y si yo pensaba que le podía gustar. Le contesté que dependía de cuánto le gustara Borges, por un lado, y la matemática por otro.
Acabo de terminar el libro, y en líneas generales me gustó mucho.
La primera parte es por ahí la más asequible: son transcripciones de unas conferencias que dio el autor sobre el tema de Borges y la matemática, y son bastante entretenidas. Eso sí, en un momento Martínez
May 06, 2012 dario rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fruto de las clases que dió en el museo MALBA porteño y variopintos ensayos periodísticos, es el origen de este libro.
Así, aparecen desperdigados temas y autores, aparentemente inconexos: Euclides, el teorema de Fermat, el Tetragramatón, Aristófanes, Oliver Sacks, Ricardo Piglia, Pitágoras, Bertrand Russell y su famosa paradoja, el Golem, Stephen Wolfram, la paradoja de la tortuga y la liebre, el infinito de Cantor... Increiblemente, todos están relacionados.
El libro está repleto de guiños y ata
Un libro que se resume con su título y que está compuesto de dos partes (la primera es la que me ha parecido más interesante aunque es mas técnica). Me esperaba otra cosa.
Dec 26, 2012 Herve rated it really liked it
As Guillermo Martinez said rightly in one of his essays, “it’s well-known that there is only one more effective way to kill conversation in a waiting room than to open a book, and that is to open a book of mathematics”. Still you may read more than this first sentence!

Even in high tech. innovation and entrepreneurship, the topic of imagination vs. reason, which could be translated by technology push vs. market push, is recurrent. So when I read books about creativity, whether it is scientific or
Jun 02, 2015 Cleo rated it really liked it
Shelves: ma-diss
This is brilliant from any angle - whether you're coming to it with an interest in maths/literature overlap or just an interest in Borges.

In my recent adventures with mathematics, I keep hearing about Fermat's Last Theorem, but this was the first time I actually understood it... and realised why it has been considered so enigmatic!

Martinez's style is absolutely perfect for the topics that he's handling. I've only knocked a star off because some chapters he just forgets to mention Borges, even a
Oliver Ho
May 18, 2014 Oliver Ho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This provides an excellent overview of some of the main mathematical and scientific concepts that appear in Borges' work. The last third or so of the book feels more like a collection of short, unrelated magazine articles, and there's less connection to Borges, even though they're still interesting.
Feb 11, 2015 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En un lenguaje no sólo accesible sino elegante uno lee sobre matemática de una manera atractiva y amena.
Junior Velazquez Leon
Fue un libro bastante entretenido, me hizo pensar un poco en los temas tipicos de Borges.
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Guillermo Martínez is an Argentine novelist and short story writer. He gained a PhD in mathematical logic at the University of Buenos Aires.

After his degree in Argentina, he worked for two years in a postdoctoral position at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford.

His most successful novel has been The Oxford Murders, written in 2003. In the same year, he was awarded the Planeta Prize for this novel,
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