The kingdom of numbers is a strange place, and gets stranger the further human exploration of it goes. It is entirely abstract and self-contained; and yet it is the key to the structure of the physical world. It is not, however, validated or verified by anything in that world. Mathematicians explore it not by sight, sound, touch, or taste; not by experiment; not by measurement; but by the pure cold light of reason.

Michael Frayn, The Human Touch

If my teachers had explained that I would need to understand math in order to, oh, you know, understand why the world happened, I might have actually paid attention.


Comments 4

  1. Robyn April 13, 2014

    (Insert funny math/anathema pun here)…(Follow up that “funny” and “pun” are oxymorons)…(Feel satisfied that enough ten-cent words were used during this comment)


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