Posts tagged with wizardry

When I prove the Poincaré conjecture using surgery theory and Hamilton-Ricci flow, I’m all like:

  • averaging averages of averages to find a fixed point of a function
  • linear combinations of electrical signals, polynomials, waveforms, or vectors
  • in LISP/code
    > linear combination is (* scalar (+ vector vector))
  • computer science = magic, not done on computers
  • computer science is about process, new ways to do things, and in particular making computers do things you wouldn’t expect them to do

Newton came to be thought of as the first and greatest of the modern age of scientists, a rationalist, one who taught us to think on the lines of cold and untinctured reason.

I do not see him in this light. Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians, the last of the Babylonians and Sumerians, the last great mind which looked out on the visible and intellectual world with the same eyes as those who began to build our intellectual inheritance rather less than 10,000 years ago.
John Maynard Keynes, in 1942