Why "Almost," you might ask?What ballet is to football players, mathematics is to writers, a discipline so beguiling and foreign, so close to a taboo, that it actually attracts a few intrepid souls by virtue of its impregnability. The few writers who have ventured headlong into high-level mathematics—Lewis Carroll, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace—have been among our most inventive in both the sentences they construct and the stories they create.
Professor McKinley Morganfield might as well have used a branding iron imprinting a Pythagorean quote on the skulls of all his students at the Lewis Carroll School of Logic.
You can read that quote above every page in this site.
Were I the New Yorker Magazine blogger who wrote this extraordinary essay, my thick Italian head would have demanded the inclusion of those Pythagorean words.MUSIC IS THE MATHEMATICS OF THE GODS
But give extra-credit to my fellow blogger, Alexander Narazyan, for this sentence:
Not only, but also...Wordsworth praised “poetry and geometric truth” for “their high privilege of lasting life,” while Edna St. Vincent Millay remarked that “Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare.”
I have an infinite calculation of gratitude for artist Istvan Banyai.
Carol Weireau made this page possible.