That is way it is one of the most ELEGANT formulas,
if not THE most elegant of formulas, ever produced.
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: Eliot and Affective Language
> Diana Manister wrote:
> > Huh? The formula for Einstein's Specail Theory of Relativity is a
> > language, but I see no emotional state expressed by it. Diana
> Excitement? Urge to explore it? Wonder?
> Surely there is emotional impact in a*2+b*2=c*2?
> Within a calculation those expressions are not language, and are
> processed by a different part of the brain. But in a verbal context, as
> in Hawking's A Brief History of Time or in a history of the ancient
> world they are certainly affective or the writer wouldn't bother to put
> them in. Hawking's calls attention to the fact that the only equation in
> his book is e+mc*2. The unity of energy and matter has no emotional
> Attention is an emotion.
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