By Philip J Davis

"Ah, I’m Pingree. We meet back. the best option. Won’t you take a seat down?"
I regarded round David’s room. wanting the library stacks, I had by no means obvious such a lot of books piled right into a unmarried room. the place may possibly I sit? each sq. inch of horizontal floor was once lined. Books, papers, notes, manuscripts—all congregated in random and chaotic disorder.

This small come across and the photograph of the protagonist at the conceal of this publication introduce the reader to David E. Pingree, the eminent classicist, Orientalist, historian of historical technological know-how, and member of the dept of the background of arithmetic at Brown college. it is a ebook 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 along with his buddy Pingree.

The tales hint connections among historical characters, ancient and legendary, and recreate an international during which the pursuit of information for its personal sake results 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 continually anything of price to be learned."

The e-book is devoted to maintaining and selling the really expert wisdom and strategies of David Pingree, a very striking individual and to encourage readers to persist with educational culture and whilst discover strange connections.

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