Constructing Infinity

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.

libraryfinal

Works Cited: Phi, Book, Bookshelf, Hexagon, Water, Lattice structure, galaxy, blocks, ant, earth, person, and library

*This infographic was designed using Canva and Voyant.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s