La terre nous en apprend plus long sur nous que les livres. Parce qu’elle nous résiste.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Terre des Hommes
The Textuality of Mathematics
As a discipline in the humanities, textual criticism exists in a singular category: it is a distinct field of study, but its fundamental aims and methods of analysis are far-reaching, applicable to texts of not only literature, but also religious studies, history, and sociology, to name a few. In a similar way, mathematics occupies a unique place in the sciences. It is a well-defined subject, but its methods are relevant to most, if not all, scientific fields. There is, therefore, a parallel of sorts between mathematics and textual criticism. But between textual criticism and mathematics, there is a deep chasm, representative of a still all-too present, broader divide between the sciences and the humanities, expressed a half-century ago Continue reading…
Change on a barrier island is slow, but definitive, new landscapes carved from the melting of the land into the sea
Scottsville, VA (Smalltown, USA), between the railroad and the river, and not much more than a passing thought
José, a retired mason originally from Málaga, but now living in France, making paella