Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges remembered in Google Doodle

 

By Posted 24 Aug 2011, 08:57

We see many different Google Doodle’s now which can vary to interactive creations or actual playable games. Today Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges is remembered in a Google Doodle, who was born 112 years ago today.

Before the birth of the World Wide Web or a digital computer, there was Jorge Luis Borges and his idea of “forking paths”. The image on the Google home page shows a man in front of complex scenery that includes a large library. He is looking at labyrinths and staircases, as well as “forking paths”.

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Clicking the image brings up search results for Jorge Luis Borges that includes his Wikipedia entry. He was born on this day in 1899 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and spent his early years attending school in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1921 he returned to his homeland and begun writing his poems and essays in surrealist literary journals.

Many experts believe Borges was way ahead of his time with his writings, and long before there was any internet or digital computers. Common themes connected his short stories that included dreams, labyrinths, libraries, and fictional writers.

He envisioned “a massive branching structure as a better way to organize data and to represent human experience”. Another well known story by Borges was the short story called “The Library of Babel”, in this was his library that is so big it is constructed of endless hexagonal galleries.

Some of his best writings were from the 1940s, which included “Ficciones” in 1944 and “The Aleph” in 1949. Some of his short stories have been used for feature films, which included Death and the Compass in 1996.

Jorge Luis Borges passed away in Geneva on June 14 1986 aged 86, and was never awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He even said about the situation “Not granting me the Nobel Prize has become a Scandinavian tradition; since I was born they have not been granting it to Me.” use the link above for more information about Jorge Luis Borges.