Re: El Aleph

christophe delriviere (
Fri, 01 Jan 1999 12:26:46 +0100 wrote:

> You probably saw the collection of short stories by the great Argentinean
> fabulist Jorge Luis Borges.

Yes, I recognize the name now ;)

> Buy it only if you are interested in
> nonscientific but highly imaginative literary fiction. Kathryn might like it,
> based on her post. I believe El Aleph refers to Arabic alchemical processes.
> Why Anders chose it for his site? I've wondered about that myself.
> Anders...?

I guess it's because it appears several times in the books of David Zindell, perhaps it's not the only reason ?
Where Zindell has found this term ;)?
I have just made a quick search with Amazon... It seems somewhat related to judaism...
Two other titles have retained my attention :

The Aleph Weaver : Biblical, Kabbalistic and Judaic Elements in Borges Edna Aizenberg / Hardcover / Published 1985

Affine Representations of Grothendieck Groups and Applications to Rickart C-Algebras and Aleph O-Continuous Regular Rings Vol 234 K. R. Goodearl / Paperback / Published 1980

I certainly believe the second one to be more significative, Zindell Being a mathematician if i remember well. So perhaps a little search on mathematical resources on the net could quickly give the information needed ;)


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