By Philip J Davis
"Ah, I’m Pingree. We meet back. wonderful. Won’t you take a seat down?"
I appeared round David’s room. in need of the library stacks, I had by no means obvious such a lot of books piled right into a unmarried room. the place may perhaps I sit? each sq. inch of horizontal floor was once lined. Books, papers, notes, manuscripts—all congregated in random and chaotic disorder.
This small stumble upon and the photo of the protagonist at the disguise of this ebook introduce the reader to David E. Pingree, the eminent classicist, Orientalist, historian of historic technological know-how, and member of the dept of the background of arithmetic at Brown collage. it is a ebook of his tales, retold by means of Phil Davis, award-winning writer and raconteur par excellence, who reconstructs them from letters and plenty of conversations along with his pal Pingree.
The tales hint connections among old characters, ancient and legendary, and recreate a global within which the pursuit of information for its personal sake results in unforeseen pleasures and institutions. They catch a global top defined through Saul Lieberman’s quip approximately Gershom Scholem’s nice paintings at the Kabala: "Trash is trash; however the learn of trash is scholarship," and David Pingree’s imagined reaction, "Yes, yet there’s regularly whatever of worth to be learned."
The publication is devoted to protecting and selling the really expert wisdom and techniques of David Pingree, a really outstanding individual and to encourage readers to keep on with educational culture and while discover strange connections.
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Ancient Loons: Stories Pingree Told Me by Philip J Davis