Three passages

[Dmitri] Egorov [founder of the Moscow School of Mathematics] was a very reserved and modest man, so much so that it would be easy to believe that he lived only for mathematics. […] His publications do not reveal any evidence of the “inner Egorov” — indications of the motivations that were so clear in many of his predecessors […] However, a close study of his life shows that Egorov was a man of deep passions, religious commitments, cultural identity, and political preference. As Sergei Demidov, a leading Russian historian of mathematics, wrote in the post-Soviet period, Egorov “thought that the opinions and beliefs of a person (including his religious views) belonged to an intimate human sphere and were not a subject of discussion.”

Loren Graham and Jean-Michel Kantor, Naming Infinity

For a lot of people, a pronoun is something that can be taken for granted. However, for a growing proportion of the community, there is a heightened level of awareness of the pronoun which represents them. This guidance seeks to explain some of the concepts around pronoun use and to help you develop practice that contributes to creating an inclusive environment for all members of the … community.

Staff equality, diversity and inclusion guidance, University of St Andrews

All through the day

I me mine, I me mine, I me mine

All through the night

I me mine, I me mine, I me mine

Now they’re frightened of leaving it

Everyone’s weaving it

Coming on strong all the time

All through the day I me mine

George Harrison, “I me mine” (the last song recorded by The Beatles)

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5 Responses to Three passages

  1. Jon Awbrey says:

    ❝The well-known capacity that thoughts have — as doctors have discovered — for dissolving and dispersing those hard lumps of deep, ingrowing, morbidly entangled conflict that arise out of gloomy regions of the self probably rests on nothing other than their social and worldly nature, which links the individual being with other people and things; but unfortunately what gives them their power of healing seems to be the same as what diminishes the quality of personal experience in them.❞

    🙞 Robert Musil • The Man Without Qualities

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  4. Josh Paik says:

    Egorov’s theorem — that a sequence of measurable functions fn converging almost everywhere to f, converges uniformly to f on an arbitrarily large set — is beloved by Real Analysis students almost everywhere because it reduces many problems to just a two case analysis. Egorov of course taught Luzin, whose theorem (N) is also beloved (and feared for the somewhat tricky proof) by real analysis students. I mention Luzin though, because, when I first learned Luzin’s theorem (N), I also learned of the Luzin affair of 1936 and I was sure glad I was not a Soviet mathematician.

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