By Philip J Davis
"Ah, I’m Pingree. We meet back. correct. Won’t you take a seat down?"
I seemed 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 used to be coated. Books, papers, notes, manuscripts—all congregated in random and chaotic disorder.
This small come upon and the photo of the protagonist at the conceal of this ebook introduce the reader to David E. Pingree, the eminent classicist, Orientalist, historian of old technological know-how, and member of the dept of the historical past of arithmetic at Brown college. this can be 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 good friend Pingree.
The tales hint connections among historic characters, old and legendary, and recreate a global during which the pursuit of data for its personal sake ends up in unforeseen pleasures and institutions. They seize a global most sensible defined by means of 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 consistently anything of worth to be learned."
The publication is devoted to conserving and selling the really expert wisdom and ideas of David Pingree, a really extraordinary individual and to encourage readers to stick to educational culture and even as discover strange connections.
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Ancient Loons: Stories Pingree Told Me by Philip J Davis