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Serendipities

(1998)
Language and Lunacy
A non fiction book by

 
 
In this volume Umberto Eco unlocks the riddles of history in an exploration of the "linguistics of the lunatic", stories told by scholars, scientists, poets, fanatics, and ordinary people in order to make sense of the world. In a careful unravelling of the fabulous and the false, Eco shows us how serendipities - unanticipated truths - often spring from mistaken ideas. From Leibniz's belief that the "I Ching" illustrated the principles of calculus to Marco Polo's mistaking a rhinoceros for a unicorn, Eco tours the labyrinth of intellectual history, illuminating the ways in which we project the familiar onto the strange. Exploring the "Force of the False" Eco uncovers layers of mistakes, 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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February 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Serendipities: Language And Lunacy
Author(s): Prof Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-297-64325-8 / 978-0-297-64325-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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October 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Serendipities
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-231-11134-7 / 978-0-231-11134-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Serendipities: Language and Lunacy (Italian Academy Lectures)
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-231-11135-5 / 978-0-231-11135-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Serendipities: Language And Lunacy
Author(s): Prof Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-7538-2553-8 / 978-0-7538-2553-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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September 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Serendipities: Language And Lunacy
Author(s): Prof Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-7538-0878-1 / 978-0-7538-0878-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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October 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-15-600751-7 / 978-0-15-600751-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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April 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Serendipities: Language And Lunacy
Author(s): Prof Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-7528-2647-6 / 978-0-7528-2647-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Kindle Editions

September 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Serendipities: Language And Lunacy
Author(s): Umberto Eco
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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November 1998 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Serendipities: Language and Lunacy (Italian Academy Lectures)
Author(s): Umberto Eco
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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