The Universal Library

is a personal project of the Librarian. Within its digital experience, every permutative placement of Latin alphabet orthography (e.g. A, a, B, b, C, c, etc, accent marks, space, period, comma, i.e. punctuation), mathematical symbol, typographical mark or musical notation is being auto-generated by an algorithm. The result will be digital books containing every bit of information about every subject that ever was or will ever be, true or false (or both), prose, poem, mathematical construct, musical composition, translation from all foreign languages to any other language that uses the Latin alphabet, or yes, even utter gibberish (oh yes, there will be a lot of gibberish).

The original Mission of the Universal Library was to (eventually) provide patron access to its contextual catalog so they may craft meaning for themselves from what they discover in its coincidence. However, context is the key to finding/discovering/locating anything meaningful within this Library, and so, crafting ways for context to be searchable is the current Mission.

All else flows naturally from that possibility.

It is said that there are fewer atoms in the universe than what such a Universal Library will contain. The challenge is not for the Library to overcome that limitation, but for that limitation to be inconsequential. 

In its current state, web technology prevents parsing a universal catalog for viable results, however, even when it will, the only thing you will find in this Universal Library is the context you bring with you; context is your catalog engine. Only then will you succeed in the discovery of truth in this Library's indefinite logarithmic iterations.

If you want to play with the Algorithm, go here.

While the mechanics of a viable search result from web technology evolves, consider subscribing to the Librarian's Thoughts on a BlogOr please listen to the Library Opera, below, which was generated by the Universal Library Algorithm. You may recognize this composition for, by coincidence, the algorithm wrote a composition that happens to also be an adaptation of a real human composer's work.

Such is the nature of the Universal Library; beautiful by coincidence. In fact, the impossible happens by coincidence.