The Library of Babel is a short story by Jorge Luis Borges about a library that contains all possible 410-page books with a character set of 25 characters (22 letters, spaces, periods, and commas), with 80 lines per book and 40 characters per line.

The number of books is equal to 251,312,000 ≈ 1.956 × 101,834,097, known as Borges' number. The number of ways to arrange those books is about 10101,834,102, the factorial of Borges' number.

Specific numbers

  • Each book has 410 pages.
  • Each book page has 3,200 characters.
  • Each book has 1,312,000 characters.

See also

W.G. Bloch "The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges’ Library of Babel", 2008, 192 p.

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