Foucault's Pendulum

623 pages

English language

Published March 5, 2007 by Harvest Books.

ISBN:
978-0-15-603297-1
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OCLC Number:
71947397

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4 stars (96 reviews)

En el año 2002, el estudio central de la Cadena SER se transformó en la nave del misterio. Con la ilusión y el rumbo puestos en la búsqueda de lo desconocido comenzó una aventura fascinante que ha hermanado a millones de amigos. A lo largo de los casi quinientos programas de Milenio 3 hemos vivido muchas experiencias, hemos sentido muchos terrores y hemos aprendido algo que anteriormente no sabíamos. Este libro es un homenaje a esa gran familia que vive cada fin de semana esta experiencia radiofónica, una invitación a los que quieran sumarse y un recuerdo de algunas de las historias que convirtieron la madrugada en algo mágico e inolvidable. IKER JIMÉNEZ - CARMEN PORTER.

61 editions

Tra scienza e rompicapo

4 stars

Libro regalato per il Natale 2002, ha, per me, una certa importanza, poiché inizia con la descrizione del pendolo di Foucault, una sfera metallica fissata alla volta di una cupola da un filo di metallo a massa trascurabile (rispetto alla sfera) messo ad oscillare su un pavimento di sabbia per poter dimostrare il movimento rotatorio della Terra intorno al Sole. La trama fu, all'epoca del liceo, l'impulso per una relazione su Galileo Galiei e la sua vita e il primo tassello verso la strada che mi ha portato a laurearmi in fisica. Il romanzo è strutturato in varie parti secondo le lettere che indicano ciascun nodo dell'albero della vita (a tal proposito rimando per approfondimenti al sito Le sefirot che avevo originariamente utilizzato per scrivere queste note - visto che il sito è offline sono anche riuscito a trovare, e linkare, la versione che presumibilmente consultai all'epoca). Dalla lettura …

captivating and masterfully written

5 stars

A captivating and masterfully written book. I'm not sure if it's the main point of the book, but Eco's commentary on conspiracy theories, those who spin them, and those who believe them, feels incredibly relevant today. Googling the constant references to esoteric books and historical figures was fun and made me feel like I too was uncovering part of The Plan. If you read the book, keep a translating app open for the many quoted book passages and dialogue that has not be translated into English.

unfortunately, too relevant

No rating

I feel like this book has had some bad luck by becoming increasingly true and relevant. Since conspiracy theories have proliferated this decade, we're all thoroughly familiar. Although this book was there first, if you've already had a read through everything on wikipedia and countless thinkpieces on the issue, this feels like more of the basics. What might have been obscure and exciting conspiracy theories, a mindblowing social milieu, and novel analysis when presented for the first time is just not so exciting anymore.
This is solidly a good book - its just that the other Eco novels are better. The ones set in the middle ages are more immersive, more imaginative, more vibrant. It also seems like Eco is taking this seriously instead of "just" having fun. There's an analytical and didactic feel at the heart of this novel, which I didn't like.

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5 stars

This book is not for everyone, indeed, quite frankly, I am not sure it is for anyone.

Esoteric. Occult. Arcane. Mystical. History. Theology. A narrative is constructed. Meager turned into essential. Mere contingency into necessity. It all makes sense! Or does it? Well, probably not. I choose to read this book as a cautionary tale of sorts. What happens when one starts narrativizing to excess. After all, our mind is built for it, that is how we make sense of the world around us. If we try hard enough, we can make everything sound plausible and we could fool a significant amount of people, among them ourselves, with a decently constructed all-encompassing narrative. It is absolutely terrifying. Thank goodness such an obvious and easily exploitable flaw could never fuck shit up for real!!!

"There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics.”
“And that covers …

Pidin tästä kovasti — sattumaako?!

5 stars

Suuri salaliittomysteeri, jossa kaikki liittyy kaikkeen ja panoksena ei ole sen vähempää kuin maailman herruuden mahdollistava salaisuus! Kolme palvelukustantamon hirtehistä kustannustoimittajaa leikkii ironisesti käsikirjoitusten hörhötarinoilla, kunnes kaikki alkaa vaikuttaa liian todelta, ja kabbalasta ja temppeliritarien veljeskunnasta liikkeelle lähtevään arvoitukseen kytkeytyy koko ajan uusia ulottuvuuksia. Mielenkiintoista muuten, vasta eilen illalla, luettuani taas sata sivua kirjaa, tulin tietokoneelle istumaan ja ensimmäiseksi näin jonkun väittävän saaneensa käsiinsä aiemmin tuntemattomia temppeliherrain salaisuuksia sisältävän vanhan käsinkirjoitetun muistikirjan — SATTUMAAKO?! Kolmannesvuosisata ilmestymisensä jälkeen Foucaultin heiluri on vain entistäkin ajankohtaisempi, ja mikä parasta, sekä älykäs että hauska.

Eins der besten Bücher das ich kenne

5 stars

Im Grunde eine Anleitunge wie man eine Verschwörungstheorie bastelt - für Fortgeschrittene. Ziemlich dicker Schinken, nicht leicht zu lesen. Und nebenbei verbringt man noch etliche Stunden damit Vieles was erwähnt wird auf Wikipedia nachzuschlagen. Aber meiner Meinung ist es das wert, auch nach mehrmaligem Lesen findet man darin noch Details die man bisher übersehen hat.

Il pendolo di Foucault

5 stars

Il Pendolo di Foucault dovrebbe essere letto da tutti i complottisti. Il gran numero di citazioni, riferimenti e digressioni, dalla storia (e leggenda) dei Templari ai fantomatici Rosa-Croce, alla Cabbala, l'esoterismo e l'occultismo, la massoneria e molto altro, rendono la lettura piuttosto impegnativa, ma mai noiosa o eccessivamente pesante, come invece ho spesso letto in giro. A me è piaciuto tantissimo.

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3 stars

Finishing this long-winded opus felt like an accomplishment, and I never would have done it, had it not been picked out by my book discussion group. It's not the longest book I've ever read, but it's a tough read, full of esoteric conversations and not much action. However, I did find the characters interesting and mostly likeable. For instance, Belbo's family stories and his fictional writings are intriguing, as are Casaubon's conversations with Amparo and Lia. The ending is something to think about, too.

This novel is something to be experienced, and I'm glad that I did. Don't go reading it for the plot!

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2 stars

meh, got boring. It's cool how they tied all the esoteric religions throughout the centuries together to form one grand occult tradition but damn nothing ever really happens. Self fulfilling prophecies, we make our own reality etc... okay, yeah. I'm sure most of this book went over my head, but I can't see myself rereading it any time soon.

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5 stars

Foucault’s Pendulum may not be for everyone and I will try not to give away any of the story. Personally, I really enjoyed the way it was written. I went into the book knowing it was about Secret Societies and conspiracy theories, but as I kept reading the book, I started to think it was real. I had to snap myself out of this thought process. The story follows a group of publishers who started deconstructing and analysing what they knew about the Templers, eventually they were drawing connections to other secret societies like the Rosicrucians, the Freemasons & the Jesuits. I don’t know how much of the information was real, but this book was written in such a way that you may get sucked in. It definitely isn’t a book for everyone, it is very content heavy, but well worth the read if you have any interest in the …

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5 stars

The book Dan Brown was trying to write, except Dan wanted to be "serious".

No author should start mixing the Catholic Church, Templars, and modern times and events and also wish to be taken seriously.

Fortunately Eco instead takes us on a wild romp through every conspiracy theory short of the Kennedy Assassination without taking himself seriously.

Our characters are in very serious trouble indeed, and the tale is both fast and gripping.

Excellent read, excellent history; the more familiar you are with European history the more you will enjoy the lack of liberties he needed to take. But not being a history scholar will not detract in the least from this very pleasurable book.

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