August 30, 2012

Thurston on mathematical beauty

R.I.P. William P. Thurston (October 30, 1946 – August 21, 2012). 

“The inner force that drives mathematicians isn’t to look for applications; it is to understand the structure and inner beauty of mathematics.” (source: New York Times)
AMS Obituary
Photo source - wikipedia

August 15, 2012

August 8, 2012

Nicolae Steinhardt: „Teoria nebuniei după G. K. Chesterton”

Am descoperit aici acest frumos eseu al lui N. Steinhardt. Care se întreabă:
„A fi sănătos, aşadar, deschide perspective mult mai vaste şi mai încîntătoare decît a fi nebun. Dar de ce nici omul obişnuit nu simte feeria lumii atît de intens pe cît ar trebui?”...

The hidden face, or the gift of completeness

""Listen to me," cried Syme with extraordinary emphasis. "Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? It is that we have only known the back of the world. We see everything from behind, and it looks brutal. That is not a tree, but the back of a tree. That is not a cloud, but the back of a cloud. Cannot you see that everything is stooping and hiding a face? If we could only get round in front"  (Gilbert Keith Chesterton: 'The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare.' )