In the shadow of error

I’ve currently been reading Enlightenment aberrations: error and revolution in France by David William Bates. It’s rather interesting. I’ve only gotten through a fraction of it, but so far it’s full of wonderful myths and dramatic perceptions on the notion of error. I’m not sure if I’ve already discussed the fact that the latin root of error, errare, meant “to go off track”, or “to walk at random”, and in 16th Century France, erreur meant “a voyage involving adventures”. In it’s original sense, error had a much more physical definition than the psychological connection to truth we attribute to it today.