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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy

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The extraordinary historical consequences of errors and fictional inventions. SERENDIPITIES is an iconoclastic, dazzlingly erudite and witty demonstration, by one of the world's most brilliant thinkers, of how myths and lunacies can produce historical developments of no small significance. In Eco's words, 'even errors can produce interesting side effects'. Eco's book shows how: -- believers in a flat earth helped Columbus accidentally discover America -- the medieval myth of Prester John, the Christian king in Asia, ...

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Serendipities: Language & Lunacy
2014, Columbia University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780231111355

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Serendipities: Language & Lunacy
1999, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P, San Diego, CA

ISBN-13: 9780156007511

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Serendipities: Language And Lunacy
1999, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

ISBN-13: 9780753808788

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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
1999, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

ISBN-13: 9780297643258

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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
1999, Orion mass market paperback, London

ISBN-13: 9780752826479

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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
1998, Columbia University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780231111348

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