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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, assisted the European drive eastward -- the myth of the Rosicrucians affected the Masons, leading in turn to the widespread belief in a Jewish masonic plot to dominate the world and other forms of paranoid anti-Semitism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
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Any book by Umberto Eco is the subject of widespread interest and review coverage By the author of the worldwide bestseller THE NAME OF THE ROSE 'Umberto Eco is a polymath to an extent most will regard as practically inhuman' Frank Kermode, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS 'Packed with intellectual meat, curious learning, strange clever connections...A small treasure of a book' Malcolm Bradbury, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'A thought-provoking and entertaining little book' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'The unpredictable brilliance of his discussion will excite anyone interested in the history of languages and ideas' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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Umberto Eco is Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna and one of the world's most famous -- and admired -- writers.

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"Examines, with wit and elegance, some of the many cases in which a mistaken belief has led to a sound result . . . Delightful."-The Atlantic Monthly "Rich in historical anecdotes . . . Throughout, his treatments are informative, intellectually sophisticated, and thoroughly entertaining."-Library Journal

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