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To ask other readers questions about Das Foucaultsche Pendelplease sign up. Is Foucault’s Pendulum a difficult read? J Yes, it’s difficult unless you are a human encyclopedia like the writer. This book uses the phrase “facies hermeticae” a few times and I’ve yet to figure out what it means in the given context. The top google results are quotations from the book, can anyone explain what Eco means by this? Douglas Roberts I’m pretty sure it’s a joke at the expense of the hermetic characters the publishers spend much of their time with, as when it’s first used it’s about …more I’m pretty sure it’s a joke at the expense of the hermetic characters the publishers spend much of their time with, as when it’s first used it’s pendell how they literally all have a certain look about them Lorenza says “professional sorcerers with faces exactly like professional sorcerers”, then describes them.
Diotallevi quips “Facies hermetica”, and from then on it’s an in-joke. See all 10 questions about Das Foucaultsche Pendel…. Lists with This Book.
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Imagine three sarcastic, over-educated editors who work at a vanity publisher. Owing to their occupation, they naturally end up reading an abundance of books about ridiculously grand conspiracy theories and occult societies – the Freemasons, the Templars, the Rosicrucians, the Illuminati Bavarian and otherwiseand so on. So they start to play a sort of free-association game: Let’s connect all these things, using the same half-mad pendle as the authors of these books, into one grand design.
Thu Imagine three sarcastic, over-educated editors who work at a vanity publisher. Thus The Plan is born. But they’re too good at it.
The Plan starts to get away from them. After so long immersed in the dream-logic of conspiracy theories you can form seemingly-natural and ominous connections between any pair of things. So when strange and ominous foucau,tsche do happen, when the pieces seem to start falling into place, is it just coincidence?
Are the things they thought they daw making up real? Yes, as others have said, you’ll get more out of this book if you know multiple languages, have a dictionary handy, have some background in the occult, etc. But I don’t oendel that’s necessary to enjoy the book overall. It is wry and intellectual but at its heart it’s a detective thriller: A friend goes missing and Our Hero needs to find out why.
And he finds a lot more than he bargained for. Some notes for readers: You will be confused and overwhelmed. Press on, dear reader. All the important things will be explained.
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Don’t worry too much if you don’t know everything about Kabbalah or Socialism in Italy in the s – they are not vital to the story. But reading about them does add to the enjoyment. In fact, I think that might be one of my favorite things about this book: I could probably spend a couple of months plugging everything I didn’t understand from my first reading into Wikipedia and seeing what I find out.
Which I plan to do. On my second reading.
View all 10 comments. Only when I was half way through did I notice a sheet of white paper slipped into the last pages. It shows four hand-drawn circles, each of which contains the name of a city and a number. If the numbers represent years, they cover 21 years. If you add 2 and 1, you get the number 3. If you examine the gaps between the years, you get the numbers 11, 4 and 6. If you add these numbers, you get 21, which when added together, comes to 3. If you add 1, 1, 4 and 6, you get 12, which when added, comes to 3.
If the numbers are not years and you add them together, you get 8, If you add these numbers, you get 14, and if you add 1 and 4, you get 5. If you add 3 and 5, you get 8, which is exactly twice the number of circles on the sheet. Here is a photo of the sheet: I’ve been back to the bookshop where I bought my copy, but the owner wasn’t able to remember who she had bought the book from.
I’m not sure how many of these cities get mentioned in the novel [all but Madrid, as it turns out, unless I’m mistaken]. However, I’ve since discovered the following facts with the assistance of Professor Googlewiki.
In Paris, the Temple was a medieval fortress, located in what is now the 3rd arrondissement. The Knights Templar originally constructed it as their European headquarters. If you have any ideas about the significance of this sheet of paper, please message me or post them in the comments below, with a spoiler warning. If you’re the first to work out some sort of solution that convinces me of its authenticity, I’ll post a photo of something that might absolutely amaze you.
Brian’s hypothesis has convinced me. How Foucault’s Pendulum Works Maybe 1. Imagine the Earth is a perfectly spherical hollow ball it is, you know, or is it? Imagine that a steel cable 6, kilometers long is attached to the bottom side of the North Pole.
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This is more or less the radius of the Earth. Imagine that a really bloody heavy lead bob is attached to the end of the cable. Let’s imagine that the Earth isn’t tilted off its axis. Let’s say we’re sitting underground on a couch somewhere north of the Equator, and we drag the cable and bob over to the inside of the sphere, then we let it go, so that it starts swinging through the centre of the Earth and over to the other side. Let’s assume that the bob swings in the one plane, a constant relative to the space outside the sphere of the Earth, e.
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Let’s try to do this very carefully, just in case it swings back to exactly where we’re sitting on the couch. See steps 10 and Let’s assume that the bob swings so quickly pendep it takes an hour to swing back to the side it started i. Let’s assume that the Earth is rotating once every 24 hours it is, you know, or is it?
By the time the bob returns to our side of the Earth, it touches the inside of the sphere 15 degrees away from our couch. Repeat another 23 times, and the bob comes full circle and smashes our couch.
Fortunately it doesn’t smash us as well, because by now we understand how Foucault’s Pendulum works, and we got off the couch just in time.
If we map the path of the bob, it will look something like this except that there would be 24 repetitions instead of foucaultschee If we mapped 24 repetitions, the map would look more like a rose. Hence, in mathematics, this type of map is referred to as a “rose” or “rhodonea curve”, and each half of a repetition from the circumference to the centre is called a “petal”.
It is possible that everything I’ve said to you so far is false. Fascism, the Resistance, God, Socialism. While individual lives might foucaultsxhe relatively chaotic, in constant motion, the belief systems are supposed to fix and secure our relationship with the universe. Each one is an apparatus which is offered to us to help in our quest for happiness. I wondered whether it had simply been translated from English to Italian and then back to English, without checking the original.
However, the more accurate version of it is: However, its opponents acknowledge that there is a void, but argue that it should not exist: Somehow, the Book foucsultsche or not it contains the “Holy Word” has become the vehicle with which to fill the void, create meaning, document beliefs and practices, and address the need to be happy.
Esoterica Foucakltsche Religions pendfl their own Holy Book. However, side by side with them are heretical, esoteric and occult works that cater to the same need.
Many fraternities and orders have grown up around these books. In the case of the more military orders, peneel members also get their orders from their order. To the extent that these books and beliefs have been perceived as heretical or threatening by mainstream religious institutions, a pendell of secrecy has grown up around them, hence the term “secret societies”. The Mystery Dance There is often a sense dass which some level of mystery and imprecision needs to be preserved: