By Philip J Davis
"Ah, I’m Pingree. We meet back. wonderful. Won’t you sit down down?"
I seemed round David’s room. wanting the library stacks, I had by no means visible such a lot of books piled right into a unmarried room. the place might I take a seat? each sq. inch of horizontal floor was once coated. Books, papers, notes, manuscripts—all congregated in random and chaotic disorder.
This small come upon and the picture of the protagonist at the hide of this booklet introduce the reader to David E. Pingree, the eminent classicist, Orientalist, historian of historical technology, and member of the dept of the historical past of arithmetic at Brown collage. it is a publication of his tales, retold by way of Phil Davis, award-winning writer and raconteur par excellence, who reconstructs them from letters and plenty of conversations together with his good friend Pingree.
The tales hint connections among historic characters, historic and legendary, and recreate an international within which the pursuit of information for its personal sake ends up in unforeseen pleasures and institutions. They catch an international most sensible defined via Saul Lieberman’s quip approximately Gershom Scholem’s nice paintings at the Kabala: "Trash is trash; however the research of trash is scholarship," and David Pingree’s imagined reaction, "Yes, yet there’s consistently whatever of price to be learned."
The booklet is devoted to maintaining and selling the really expert wisdom and ideas of David Pingree, a really striking individual and to motivate readers to stick with educational culture and even as discover strange connections.
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