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."
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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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.
By calculus students, yes.
Summing infinities done all the time by freshman calculus students.
Imagine measuring out the ocean with coffee spoons!
“Do I dare / Disturb the universe?”
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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