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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Red October, continued*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"At Cambridge, where he studied in the 30s, he had
a reputation for omniscience. Running the local
Communist party cell from the set of college rooms
beneath Wittgenstein's, the youthful Hobsbawm was
invited to join the exclusive Apostles society."

Mark Mazower  in The Guardian , Oct. 1, 2012

* See related posts from Oct. 1, 2, and 5, 2012.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tradition!

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:56 PM

“And how do we keep our balance?
That I can tell you in one word!”
Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof

“The object and characteristic of ‘traditions,’
including invented ones, is invariance.”
Eric Hobsbawm, introduction (link added)
to The Invention of Tradition

“Math is all about questions and answers.”
Prof. John D. McCarthy, Michigan State U.,
Monday afternoon, October 1, 2012

“Who knows where madness lies?”
Man of La Mancha
    (linked to here Monday morning)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:19 PM

"Self-evidently true and just"

The late Stephen Jay Gould
on a book by the late Barry Commoner.

Commoner reportedly died on Sunday.

Update of 5:42 PM ET—

Another academic death, this one from today—

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