"The creation of a great Asian Moth… Radiant. Fragile. Incapable of not being born. And trembling… to live its brief moment."
 — from “A Grain of Rice,” F. R. Scott @ SGWU, 1969.

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The experience of the past certainly points to conservatism in the use of symbols in elementary instruction. In the second volume we indicate more fully that the same conclusion applies to higher fields. Individual workers who in elementary fields proposed to express practically everything in ideographic form have been overruled. It is a question to be settled not by any one individual, but by large groups or by representatives of large groups. The problem requires a consensus of opinion, the wisdom of many minds. That widsom discloses itself in the history of the science. The judgment of the past calls for moderation.

The conclusion reached here may be stated in terms of two school-boy definitions for salt. One definition is, “Salt is what, if you spill a cupful into the soup, spoils the soup.” The other definition is, “Salt is what spoils your soup when you don’t have any in it.”

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- History of Mathematical Notation, Vol I. Cajori, page 431.

Graduate admissions

AND SO IT BEGINS!

humansofnewyork:

"I have a Masters in history, a Masters in anthropology, and a PhD in education.""What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?""My personality."
(Mexico City, Mexico)
humansofnewyork:

"When I first met her, she was dating another guy. He didn’t like me talking to her, so he waited for me outside of class one day and beat me up. But I didn’t give up on her. I started biking and swimming and learning to box. I got skinnier than you are. Then the next time I saw him, he came over to me and said: ‘You want another round?’ And I said: ‘This will be the last round!’ Then I knocked him out in two punches."
(Mexico City, Mexico)
humansofnewyork:

"I’ve worked to eradicate Malaria my entire life, and I used to drive out into the rural areas all the time to do my work. I’d carry large amounts of money without any fear. People would know that I had money with me and nobody would bother me. But things have changed. People have grown desperate, and desperate people do bad things. The population has grown in Mexico much faster than the infrastructure, and there just aren’t enough jobs to support everyone. My company had a job opening recently, and all the job required was a high school diploma, but 400 people showed up with college degrees. And that was for a job that only paid $350 a month! All Mexicans need are jobs. We are not a lazy people. Give us a job and we won’t sleep if it’s necessary. We’ll eat our lunch while we are working. We will work 15 hours a day to dig a hole 10 kilometers deep, if that is what you ask us to do. Because for us, all work is a blessing."
(Mexico City, Mexico)
lordemusic:

SEPTEMBER 29

"Why do we make games? So that people play them."

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