Library of Babel Volume Generator

In Jorge Luis Borges’ famous Library of Babel the universe consists of a vast quantity of books, containing all that can ever be expressed in language.

"The Library is total and its shelves register all the possible combinations of the twenty-odd orthographical symbols (a number which, though extremely vast, is not infinite): in other words, all that it is given to express, in all languages. Everything. […] Each book is of four hundred and ten pages; each page, of forty lines, each line, of some eighty letters which are black in colour. […] All the books, no matter how diverse they might be, are made up of the same elements: the space, the period, the comma, the twenty-two letters of the alphabet."

This webpage generates an example of how one full volume in this Library would look like, by combining the 25 characters in a quasi-random order, resulting in a unique book on each run.

The resulting volume is ultimately constrained by the web-browser algorithmic logic, which can be seen as a human limitation, (“Man, the imperfect librarian,”) a flawed attempt to mimic the divine combinations with the hope of chancing among the meaning to the universe, answers to eternal questions of humanity, “the catalogue of catalogues,” or our life’s vindication:

"A blasphemous sect suggested that the searches should cease and that all should juggle letters and symbols until they constructed, by an improbable gift of chance, these canonical books."

2016

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