An Egyptian temple of knowledge
But six centuries after its foundation, after being destroyed by a series of fires, the library disappeared, along with the civilisation that had nurtured it. In this feature article, Alison Abbott describes how the library's spirit has been invoked in a US$120-million building, which will be inaugurated next week.
Abbot reports that, while some hail the project as a symbol of rationality, dialogue and scientific method, others criticise it for being a grandiose project that has diverted funding from improving the region's scientific infrastructure more generally.
Link to Nature feature article
Reference: Nature 419, 556 (2002)