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Poe on algebraists

Michael Kinyon reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe’s comments on algebraists in his story “The Purloined Letter”. Here they are in full. “But is this really a poet?” I asked. “There are two brothers, I know; and both have attained … Continue reading

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A history of Merton College

The book A History of Merton College, by G. H. Martin and J. R. L. Highfield, was published by Oxford University Press in 1997. I have had a copy for some time but, to my shame, have only just read it. Roger Highfield was a … Continue reading

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Why don’t mathematicians fill in surveys?

I just attempted to fill in an on-line survey. Question 5 was a yes/no question, to which I answered “no”. Question 6 said, “If you answered ‘yes’ to Question 5, …”, so I left it blank. My answers were rejected. … Continue reading

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Ticking boxes

A cliché of modern life — but yesterday I managed to find a use for it. One of the questions the linear algebra students had to solve was to prove (from the axioms) that, if cv = 0, where c is a … Continue reading

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Formal Logic

I came across the book I want to discuss here by an odd route. In his autobiography The Thousand-Petalled Lotus, Sangharakshita relates that, shortly after his ordination as a sramanera (novice monk), he had an academic interlude at the Benares … Continue reading

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