Chapter 4

Solving the Problem 1

“Still, studying the Flood, Father Caspar had come up against a physicus-hydrodynamicus problem, apparently insoluble. God, the Bible tells us, causes rain to fall on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and the waters rise above the land until they cover even the highest mountains [...].

“But have you tried ever the rain to collect? [...] In forty days ist das unmöglich, not possible, to fill all the earth [...]!”

“You mean to say the Bible lied?”

“Nein! Certainly not! But I must demonstrate where God all that water found, for it is not possible He made it fall from the sky! That is not enough! [...] God took not only the rain but also the waters of the deepest oceans and poured them on the earth! [...]”

“Yes, but the waters of all the seas of the globe are not enough to cover the mountains, otherwise they would always be covered. And if God emptied the waters of the sea onto the earth, He would cover the earth but He would drain the sea, and the sea would become a great empty hole, and Noah fall into it with all of his Ark”.

Umberto ECOThe Island of the Day Before

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”


Roger and his team have won the contract. Roger is proud of the work carried out so far, but there is still a long way to go to accomplish all that has been promised. The architecture team, under Marc’s direction, is ready to take on the challenge and begin systems design for ...

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