Quote of the Day: Cosma Shalizi, or why mathematicians are delightfully different from other people

Presented without comment, from a stray announcement on Cosma’s invaluable, slow-cooked blog, Three Toed Sloth.

Every human relationship is a unique and precious snowflake, but do we treat them that way when we model them mathematically? No.

Image:  Hiroshige, “Kambara,” number 16 from The Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido, 1831-4 (Hoeido edition). And yes, sometimes I do post so I can put up (and look at) pix I love.

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2 Comments on “Quote of the Day: Cosma Shalizi, or why mathematicians are delightfully different from other people”

  1. Thony C. Says:

    The first person to correctly describe the snowflake was a mathematician!

    Johannes Kepler, De nive sexangula, 1611

  2. JGabriel Says:

    Beautiful image. It looks like something that could be used to illustrate Kawabata’s Snow Country.

    At least it’s very similar to the picture of Snow Country that I get in my mind.

    .


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