Dear Richard,

Thanks, that was my point. There is no conflict between math and poetry, quite the opposite. If it sounded as if I meant anything other, I didn't write it clearly.
Anyway, I'm sure calculus students could coexist beautifully with Eliot.

There is a MacDiarmid poem that has a very mysterious ending, and a scientist once wrote to me that he must have recently read Einstein. The last lines are as follows:

Wunds wi' worlds to swing
Dinnae sing so sweet.
The lift that hangs oer a' thing,
Is less ta'en up wi'it.

That is from memory. But "wunds" is "winds"; 'Dinnae " is "did not"; "lift" is the sky; and "ta'en" is "taken."

Does that have some resonance you see with science?
P. S. MacDiarmid wrote many late poems he called poems of fact and they have a lot of science. The most magnificent is probably "On a Raised Beach."

On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 5:19 PM Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I have taken plenty of calculus and without it would not be able to study, or better yet try to learn, quantum field theory.

I also study poetry. 

As I believe Eliot, or was it Pound, once said and I paraphrase, metrics are everything.  

Einstein played a decent violin and wrote a book explaining special relativity using one equation.  That equation uses only algebra.

Richard Feynman (won the Nobel in 1965 and originated the theory of quantum electrodynamics) played bongo drums at a near professional level and linked quantum mechanics to special relativity.

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On Feb 18, 2019, at 1:57 PM, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I would like to think calculus students can also love poetry and philosophy. And poets can love math and science.
Think of the Metaphysicsls.

I don't see any reason to see Eliot as more reflective than other poet. 

On Mon, Feb 18, 2019, 11:48 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask] wrote:
By calculus students, yes. 


On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Summing infinities done all the time by freshman calculus students.

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On Feb 18, 2019, at 8:52 AM, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Imagine measuring out the ocean with coffee spoons! 
Infinitude baffles. 

“Do I dare / Disturb the universe?”


On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 9:03 AM Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
On Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:45:40 -0500, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>


The caption: "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons"
The picture: The sea
My take:  Eternal life (how else do you fill the sea one coffee spoon at
a time?)

   Rick Parker