Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hmm …

… Essay on Jacques Barzun (1907-2012) | Inside Higher Ed. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

“That a user had ‘the whole world of knowledge at his disposal,’ ” he writes, is “one of those absurdities like the belief that ultimately computers would think -- it will be time to say so when a computer makes an ironic answer. ‘The whole world of knowledge’ could be at one's disposal only if one already knew a great deal and wanted further information to turn into knowledge after gauging its value.”

Dave also sends along this: Barzun's mind was one of world's wonders.

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