Solving the Confusion of tongues


The story of Tower of Babel has always amazed me. I read it first in the Mythical Man-month, the classical collection of essays on software engineering. It emphasized the importance of having a common language. This is how the story goes… 

A united humanity speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar, where they resolved to build a city with a tower with its top in the heavens. God came down to see what they did and said: “They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withholden from them which they purpose to do.” So God said, “Come, let us go down and confound their speech.” And so God created multiple languages, and the people could not build the city and the tower. read more at 

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