Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Course conclusion

Simone Weil (sister of mathematician Andre Weil), about teaching and research in the sciences.

On science: “The true definition of science is ... the study of the beauty of the world.” “Joy ... is the feeling of reality. Beauty is the manifest presence of reality.”

On problem-solving: “Whenever the intelligence is brought up against a contradiction, it is obliged to conceive a relation which transforms the contradiction into a correlation, and as a result the soul is drawn upwards.”

On searching for what is true: Before we start writing or reading anything, we should always ask ourselves, “Am I in line with truth?” or “Am I going to find truth in here?”

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