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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

"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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