How does one become a mathematician?
Our journey continues.
Edward Frenkel, Love and Math
The problem of human understanding is a twofold one.
As those ‘rational transactions’ to which we have committed ourselves continue to work themselves out in the course of subsequent history, the same verdict of historical experience which earlier thinkers called the Cunning of Reason (or Nature, or Providence, or Necessity) will, in the long run, penalize all those who—whether knowingly, or through negligence—continue playing according to out-dated strategies.
Stephen Toulmin, Human Understanding
My subject is the challenges that the federal courts face today, with particular emphasis on rising complexity.
The path forward is the path of realism.
Richard Posner, Reflections on Judging
Unpaved, uneven trails pretended to be roads; they tied the nation’s coasts together like laces holding a boot, binding it with crossed strings and crossed fingers.
Hale Quarter jabbed a pen against his tongue to moisten it, and he began to write.
Cherie Priest, Boneshaker
In August of 2000, a Japanese scientist named Toshiyuki Nakagaki announced that he had trained an amoebalike organism called slime mold to find the shortest route through a maze.
On the hundred-year scale, or the scale of millennia, there may be no question more interesting, and no question harder to answer.
Steven Johnson, Emergence
Heading into the fall of 2004, ABC was dead last among broadcast television networks.
Frans Johansson, The Click Moment
Once, in those dear dead days, almost, but not quite beyond recall, there was a view of science that commanded widespread popular and academic assent.
The point, however, is to change it.
Philip Kitcher, The Advancement of Science
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