"It's kind of fun to do the impossible. " - Walt Disney
Question #90476 posted on 10/11/2017 7:13 a.m.
Q:

Dear One Hundred Hour Board,

How much time spent on https://libraryofbabel.info/ is too much time? Also, I found this exact question halfway down page 64 in Volume 18 on Shelf 5 of Wall 1 of Hexagon:

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

If you find any hidden gems, do tell.

-Jorge Luis Borges

A:

Dear Borges,

Do you realize just how many different "books" (here, 3,200 character "strings") there are in this version of the library?

This many:

4,027,184,573,239,573,164,436,345,339,910,800,382,071,200,721,150,489,343,172,978,234,860,271,573,666,726,254,146,412,631,302,327,044,956,363,557,565,175,451,152,159,598,746,800,683,859,389,192,765,959,122,973,669,078,738,453,545,485,089,609,457,314,110,597,372,460,432,800,532,152,821,613,718,501,168,266,528,552,136,120,079,988,889,045,859,180,091,564,100,884,427,553,340,343,963,211,084,978,028,320,452,245,608,565,175,308,067,606,151,283,969,751,014,200,002,907,971,693,221,656,928,178,663,213,402,402,906,068,784,050,958,196,804,031,856,321,293,946,127,000,437,066,685,042,242,381,229,611,224,792,324,590,856,522,064,671,334,319,747,081,734,025,977,690,850,605,204,175,004,334,006,497,430,672,630,584,301,614,481,191,769,836,707,865,398,241,191,150,497,592,580,890,614,230,112,320,946,770,631,667,913,911,364,283,347,676,432,677,490,850,982,209,925,239,412,724,551,537,154,931,402,986,110,622,329,703,815,733,855,491,913,381,433,630,640,69,323,842,512,911,883,381,792,028,427,419,667,973,516,326,294,170,363,552,636,798,370,027,194,772,908,858,805,641,229,731,811,864,204,023,948,457,807,517,834,069,129,262,008,726,272,139,035,623,197,637,262,645,707,698,609,558,157,634,735,874,133,690,133,237,948,305,242,740,335,472,022,811,091,301,831,852,478,504,577,668,913,680,977,546,676,572,201,706,303,179,904,496,393,188,919,543,409,248,906,629,146,890,000,683,835,279,403,101,793,219,189,162,760,317,255,057,618,786,257,532,145,267,862,540,646,953,711,801,105,093,181,781,423,897,625,053,417,964,447,025,341,808,480,315,968,911,166,012,852,487,313,021,855,079,038,771,678,781,159,893,782,351,766,563,326,340,728,688,721,092,497,727,531,649,670,982,374,324,841,557,954,151,185,982,228,931,022,965,814,019,736,247,341,344,701,345,455,159,695,210,420,447,443,799,918,492,920,109,214,384,981,597,571,788,379,215,030,905,429,007,167,268,124,752,320,937,203,324,415,489,760,075,424,919,213,559,733,365,109,393,045,635,289,589,390,306,930,730,903,062,761,569,541,144,784,897,449,524,366,490,025,810,944,013,988,700,386,612,394,054,555,476,294,982,747,628,984,996,733,361,546,128,035,502,370,443,268,423,232,101,300,578,040,916,573,407,473,426,681,653,288,975,331,931,120,588,317,012,357,169,143,303,866,408,993,409,443,258,128,312,946,876,787,974,434,154,258,019,076,031,270,372,050,253,651,911,429,901,266,565,707,226,297,609,306,578,271,564,331,178,507,239,283,338,475,731,335,036,183,471,325,872,658,959,403,396,951,521,525,388,410,054,086,618,333,320,393,003,599,344,154,348,854,172,001,271,635,767,186,285,265,782,032,445,322,158,598,630,807,247,756,231,903,298,500,375,639,369,017,826,817,240,757,928,954,074,165,581,011,075,892,622,409,176,870,951,498,480,379,909,566,052,741,031,890,637,518,123,038,485,463,841,766,518,103,256,386,203,535,464,148,417,445,081,739,122,044,356,994,349,150,407,790,734,046,034,216,285,743,909,799,859,125,275,448,920,753,298,142,825,863,212,622,770,352,784,255,341,730,429,638,395,410,094,585,174,125,938,179,660,781,444,393,197,844,271,968,749,450,540,322,649,842,570,495,556,420,857,738,150,918,575,209,611,698,228,258,827,376,742,971,467,686,260,545,589,924,773,027,322,096,239,847,240,611,365,943,514,657,997,821,817,818,995,208,529,452,387,877,885,043,632,748,051,761,990,392,614,991,023,311,548,275,931,727,879,743,347,244,252,879,729,828,287,536,328,083,546,013,822,771,266,200,396,067,224,180,597,657,054,309,207,926,713,774,514,390,879,131,799,863,028,632,863,845,354,064,278,400,522,534,594,099,118,613,239,695,971,409,390,713,507,649,231,769,507,368,643,030,354,587,143,063,147,668,423,023,366,611,810,201,257,490,048,912,430,992,277,160,687,585,989,246,305,234,654,546,076,474,225,838,051,753,360,995,365,323,018,570,814,605,369,020,531,706,416,378,697,151,632,071,234,679,181,234,459,613,706,827,231,079,391,776,051,609,658,022,076,033,810,266,224,891,951,296,564,320,042,681,721,189,746,330,577,542,964,269,194,065,973,733,015,802,678,697,887,640,325,884,796,048,103,278,303,791,476,894,323,005,135,407,090,836,409,555,068,850,465,406,057,949,614,111,727,990,188,803,530,060,037,596,162,375,147,115,658,637,008,302,497,096,892,618,629,733,068,748,180,551,988,814,772,703,530,811,460,002,806,681,829,376

Or, 4x10^3112. 

THERE ARE MORE CHARACTERS IN THE NUMBER OF POSSIBLE BOOKS THAN YOU COULD CONTAIN IN ANY ONE BOOK.

Do you know how many commas are in there? Around 1,037. And I had to type in EVERY. LAST. ONE. OF. THEM.

-Frère Rubik

P.S. A BYU professor, Dr. Stephen Peck, wrote a novel about being stuck in Borges' Library of Babel, called A Short Stay in Hell. I highly recommend it. His library is more intense, though: he allows for punctuation marks and other symbols, as well as capital and lowercase letters. He stores these in books that can contain 1,312,00 characters, giving a total of 2x10^2,594,773 books. That's more books than there are electrons in the universe. (Granted, your website's library also has more "books" than there are electrons in the universe, but Peck's outpunches yours by a couple thousand orders of magnitude.)

A:

Dear Luis,

Hexagon:

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

Wall: 3

Shelf: 3

Volume: 18

Page: 86

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave