Ramon Llull (Catalan: [rəˈmon ˈʎuʎ]; c. 1232 – c. 1315), T.O.S.F. (AnglicisedRaymond Lully, Raymond Lull; in Latin Raimundus or Raymundus Lullus orLullius) was a Majorcan writer and philosopher, logician and a Franciscan tertiary. He is credited with writing the first major work of Catalan literature. Recently surfaced manuscripts show him to have anticipated by several centuries prominent work on elections theory. He is also considered a pioneer of computation theory, especially given his influence on Gottfried Leibniz.Llull is well known also as a glossator of Roman Law.
“The fact that we have never read an endless book, or counted to infinity (and beyond!) or made contact with an extraterrestrial civilisation (all subjects of essays in the book) should not prevent us from wondering: what if? … Literature adds a further dimension to the exploration of those pure possibilities. As Nemirovsky and Ferrara suggest, there are numerous similarities in the patterns of thinking and creating shared by writers and mathematicians (two vocations often considered incomparable.)”
Daniel Tammet: Thinking in Numbers
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