The Formula of the Fantastic (Part 2 of 2)

Alexander von Humboldt, as characterized by Kehlmann in Measuring the World, is a different type of man from Gauss all together. Kehlmann represents him as a man determined to classify, calculate, and quantify the world around him; and never to doubt that such things are possible. Within Kehlmann’s text, Humboldt is driven in this taskContinue reading “The Formula of the Fantastic (Part 2 of 2)”

The Formula of the Fantastic (Part 1 of 2)

Before becoming an internationally acclaimed author, Daniel Kehlmann worked studiously towards a doctorate in both philosophy and literature. If not for his huge success as a writer, Kehlmann would have finished his doctoral dissertation on “the sublime” in the works of Immanuel Kant. Søren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, theologian, and psychologist, like Kant, believed stronglyContinue reading “The Formula of the Fantastic (Part 1 of 2)”