Monday, May 15, 2017

tahoka daisy

"The nineteenth century prided itself on having lost its faith in myths, and proceeded to put all its faith in metaphors." --Chesterton


A titanic battle is being fought, over the heads of the populace, who hardly notice it. On the contrary, one half is ready to rise up against th other by force of arms, all on account of what blithely transpires in their "news" feeds, if only they were not, house by house, so utterly intermingled.

On Euler's equation: "Kasner and Newman [in Mathematics and the Imagination] go on to tell how this formula struck Benjamin Peirce (a Harvard mathematician and father of the philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce) with the force of a revelation. 'Gentlemen,' he said one day to his students after chalking the formula on a blackboard, 'that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means, but we have proved it, and therefore, we know it must be the truth.' " --Martin Gardner, in 10/61 Scientific American



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