Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I feel another ficcione coming on

No record of it exists except as a refutation. & the only record of the refutation is a fragment of a manuscript without provenance, attributed by the late Umberto Allegrezza, on the basis of stylistic & scribic elements, to Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi, better known as al-Khwarizmi, astronomer, the inventor of algebra, & rumoured to be author of a lost or — rather — hidden treatise on calculus & which, it has been claimed, was the basis for both Isaac Newton's method of fluxions and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz' integral notation.

The manuscript records the thoughts of al-Khwarizmi on a homily by his contemporary Photius, the Patriarch of Constantinople, adherent to a different religion, entitled "All Life is an Accident Waiting to Happen", aware that it was an ironic title since what Photius was advocating was the exact opposite.

al-Khwarizmi's piece has an equally ironic title; "All Accidents are a Life Waiting to Happen".

2 Comments:

Blogger rcloenen-ruiz said...

Yay! Sounds intriguing.

4:58 PM  
Blogger bill said...

i'm ready to read another one.

i printed out the entire last ficcone in book form to read through, and i enjoyed it immensely

8:00 AM  

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