In a careful unraveling of the fabulous and the false, Eco shows us how serendipities----unanticipated truths----often spring from mistaken ideas. Eco uncovers layers of mistakes that have shaped human history, such as Columbus's assumption that the world was much smaller than it is, leading him to seek out a quick route to the East via the West and thus fortuitously "discovering" America.
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With its typographical eccentricities and endless inventories, Serendipities gives an impression of inaccessibility. Ecos erudition is impossibly showy (ostentation is the game of his prose) and obscure information lies dense on the page.Read Full Review of Serendipities: Language and L... | See more reviews from Guardian
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