Questions tagged [the-nine-billion-names-of-god]

For questions about "The Nine Billion Names Of God", a 1953 short story by Arthur C. Clarke, featuring two skeptical computer scientists tasked with helping monks listing all of the nine billion names of God.

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Where does the start of 'Nine Billions Names of God' take place?

Dr Wagner is speaking to the lama about switching to computers to compile a list of the names of God. He then go on to say: Dr. Wagner was scarcely conscious of the faint sounds from the Manhattan ...
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A letter from the Dalai Lama to Arthur C. Clarke

In Arthur C. Clarke's Collected Stories, as a foreword to "The Nine Billion Names of God", the author notes: This story triggered a charming response from the highest possible authority - ...
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What does the end of "The Nine Billion Names of God" signify?

In "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke, why does it explain that If the obvious explanation is correct, then why is it science-fiction? Isn't it a superstitious story? Or I ...
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