**Mathematics**

The essay collection *Borges y la Matemática* (Borges and Mathematics, 2003) by Argentine mathematician and writer Guillermo Martínez, outlines how Borges used concepts from mathematics in his work. Martínez states that Borges had, for example, at least a superficial knowledge of set theory, which he handles with elegance in stories such as "The Book of Sand". Other books such as *The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel* by William Goldbloom Bloch (2008) and *Unthinking Thinking: Jorge Luis Borges, Mathematics, and the New Physics* by Floyd Merrell (1991) also explore this relationship.

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“*Mathematics* alone make us feel the limits of our intelligence. For we can always suppose in the case of an experiment that it is inexplicable because we don’t happen to have all the data. In *mathematics* we have all the data ... and yet we don’t understand. We always come back to the contemplation of our human wretchedness. What force is in relation to our will, the impenetrable opacity of *mathematics* is in relation to our intelligence.”

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