By Mira Peykova, Riya Agrawal, Tyler Fuhrman
This infographic on Jorge Luis Borges’s “The Library of Babel” explores the way in which Borges constructs his infinite library using patterns that are visible in the natural world. Firstly, the library’s stages of complexity and their relations with each other are established. We explain the rules of the library so that we can draw parallels between our world and Borges’s library. We then make a connection between the most basic entities of each universe: the orthographic symbol and the atom. The infographic displays an image showing how an atom can build up to form more complex structures like molecules. We then show that the symbols operate similarly, forming books and so forth. Quoting the speaker in “The Library,” we prove how this process can create innumerable possible complex structures, as he determines that the combinations of symbols are limitless. We then show that the pattern is visible in the text through a graph that displays the occurrence of symbols, books, shelves, and hexagons in “The Library.” Ultimately, the infographic shows that the increasing complexity of entities formed by more simpler entities, allowing for the construction of seemingly-infinite universes, such as Borges’s library.
*This infographic was designed using Canva and Voyant.