This is a short and marvelous essay about the value of abstractions (including scientific knowledge) by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Though written in. Jorge Luis Borges’s combination of the anecdotal, philosophical and the literary showed Will Self how to achieve the ‘truly veridical’. He gets. Maps are a standard of adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. . Borges called the piece “Of Exactitude in Science,” and packaged it as a bit of.
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Will Self reads ‘On Exactitude in Science’ by Jorge Luis Borges
By continuing to use this website, you agree to their borhes. It also has an acute wistfulness about it — the ragged tatters of the abandoned map, the lapse into ignorance of the populace, these are evoked by mere clauses, with no need for tedious circumscription or proviso. I like the way this story makes a flat declaration — in the manner of Kafka — not sugaring the pill of suspension of disbelief, only taking it as a given: In that Empire, the Art of Cartograhy attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province.
More ways to listen. John Kelly rated it really liked it Jun 10, In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety scence a Province.
And then came the grandest idea of all! The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters.
So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well. This book is not yet sciende on Listopia. Lists with This Book.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Return to Book Page. Borrges rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Noora rated it really liked it Jan 03, Short stories by Jorge Luis Borges short stories Works about hyperreality Argentine speculative fiction works.
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Fri 4 Jan We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile! Notify me of new comments via email. Jul 14, Nagisa Furukawa rated it did not like it. The Guardian is editorially independent.
This page was last edited on 14 Septemberat In the western Deserts, tattered Borfes of the Map are still to be found, Borgse an occasional Beast or beggar The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters.
Overall, a wonderful short story with an incredible amount of thought behind it.
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