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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