Review: Enlightening Symbols

Enlightening Symbols, by Joseph Mazur

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This volume revolutionized my understanding of mathematical thought. Following the development of symbols walked me through our primal, unstructured mental evolution of grasping intangible concepts that nevertheless apply to everyday reality, through the human context which fostered their understanding. Connected me to the great abstractions of communication. An incredible way to encounter mathematics, revealing a deep level of global research and reference. For instance, I now credit Virahanka for the golden ratio number addition sequence! And I also credit Joseph Mazur for the insightful education presented here.

Review: Three Great Lies

Review: Three Great Lies, Vanessa MacLellan
by Eva L. Elasigue

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Three Great Lies is as though a single tourist stumbled through the stargate, finding herself mixed with the destiny of the monstrous and magical.  Once joined, they attempt to find their ways through a world differently strange to them all – one from the past (Abayomi, the mummy), one from an alternate future (Jeannette, scientist), the other from the mystical realm of the gods (Sanura, cat-headed) – each with an unknown destiny they must solve.  Cleverly characterized with a strong atmosphere backed by historical research, Vanessa MacLellan’s writing is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

A partial dedication

Green sap of Spring in the young wood a-stir
Will celebrate the Mountain Mother,
And every song-bird shout awhile for her;
But I am gifted, even in November
Rawest of seasons, with so huge a sense
Of her nakedly worn magnificence
I forget cruelty and betrayal,
Careless of where the next bright bolt may fall.

– Robert Graves, The White Goddess