In 2008, I made a lecture tour of New Zealand, as the London Mathematical Society’s Forder lecturer. (You can read my diary here.) In Auckland, Gary Tee gave me a copy of the book A Spectrum of Mathematics: Essays presented to H. G. Forder, edited by J. C. Butcher.

I will be back in Auckland later this month, so I pulled the book down from my bookshelf this morning to browse.

At the start, before the “serious” mathematics begins, there are some short poems by Forder. This one seems especially relevant with all the current focus on the First World War.

I asked ‘What are you fighting for?’
   He said ‘To stop another war.’
I think that God must often say:
   ‘Man moves in a mysterious way.’


About Peter Cameron

I count all the things that need to be counted.
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