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Foucault's Pendulum

by Umberto Eco

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | March 5, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled?a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault''s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.

Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 3.15 × 2.09 × 0.47 in

Published: March 5, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 015603297X

ISBN - 13: 9780156032971

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Foucault's Pendulum

by Umberto Eco

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 3.15 × 2.09 × 0.47 in

Published: March 5, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 015603297X

ISBN - 13: 9780156032971

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1 HEBREW HANDWRITING ART That was when I saw the Pendulum. The sphere, hanging from a long wire set into the ceiling of the choir, swayed back and forth with isochronal majesty. I knew?but anyone could have sensed it in the magic of that serene breathing?that the period was governed by the square root of the length of the wire and by p, that number which, however irrational to sublunar minds, through a higher rationality binds the circumference and diameter of all possible circles. The time it took the sphere to swing from end to end was determined by an arcane conspiracy between the most timeless of measures: the singularity of the point of suspension, the duality of the plane''s dimensions, the triadic beginning of p, the secret quadratic nature of the root, and the unnumbered perfection of the circle itself. I also knew that a magnetic device centered in the floor beneath issued its command to a cylinder hidden in the heart of the sphere, thus assuring continual motion. This device, far from interfering with the law of the Pendulum, in fact permitted its manifestation, for in a vacuum any object hanging from a weightless and unstretchable wire free of air resistance and friction will oscillate for eternity. The copper sphere gave off pale, shifting glints as it was struck by the last rays of the sun that came through the great stained-glass windows. Were its tip to graze, as it had in the past, a layer of damp sand spread on the floor of the choir, each swing would make a
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents KETER 1. When the light of the infinite 2. Wee haue divers curious Clocks HOKHMAH 3. In hanc utilitatem clementes angeli 4. He who attempts to penetrate into the Rose Garden 5. And begin by combining this name 6. Judá León se dio a permutaciones BINAH 7. Do not expect too much of the end of the world 8. Having come from the light and from the gods 9. In his right hand he held a golden trumpet 10. And finally nothing is cabalistically inferred 11. His sterility was infinite 12. Sub umbra alarum tuarum 13. Li frere, li mestre du Temple 14. He, if asked, would also confess to killing Our Lord 15. I will go and fetch you help from the Comte d''Anjou 16. He had been in the order only nine months 17. And thus did the knights of the Temple vanish 18. A mass terrifyingly riddled with fissures and caverns 19. The Order has never ceased to exist, not for a moment 20. Invisible center, the sovereign who must reawaken 21. The Graal . . . is a weight so heavy 22. The knights wanted to face no further questions HESED 23. The analogy of opposites 24. Sauvez la faible Aischa 25. These mysterious initiates 26. All the traditions of the earth 27. One day, saying that he had known Pontius Pilate 28. There is a body that enfolds the whole of the world 29. Simply because they change and hide their names 30. And the famous confraternity of the Rosy Cross 31. The majority were in reality only Rosicrucians 32. Valentiniani per ambiguitates bilingues 33. The visions are white, blue,
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From the Publisher

Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled?a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault''s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.

Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.

 

From the Jacket

"As brilliant and quirky as THE NAME OF THE ROSE, as mischievous and wide-raning....A virtuoso performance."
THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Three clever book editors, inspired by an extraordinary fable they heard years befoe, decide to have a little fun. Randomly feeding esoteric bits of knowledge into an incredible computer capable of inventing connections between all their entires, they think they are creating a long lazy game--until the game starts taking over....
Here is an incredible journey of thought and history, memory and fantasy, a tour de force as enthralling as anything Umberto Eco--or indeed anyone--has ever devised.

"From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

UMBERTO ECO is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR FOUCAULT''S PENDULUM

"An intellectual adventure story, as sensational, thrilling, and packed with arcana as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Count of Monte Cristo."-THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

"Endlessly diverting . . . Even more intricate and absorbing than his international bestseller The Name of the Rose."-TIME

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