Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 116. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-06-16 08:06:30+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: your cup of tea? For some here certain subjects are just their cup of tea, for example, textual markup, and nothing makes the tea more stimulating than immersion of highly technical language, replete with acronyms and terms never before known to humankind. For others here, eyes glaze over (or cross), head begins to ache and other physiological signs of mental distress quickly develop. Ah, but tables can so easily be turned, yes? My suggestion is this: that wherever, whenever possible, the specialist finds a common ground in which the specialism of the moment is located and works that, at least for a bit, indicating what more inclusive problems are stirred up or informed by the minority concerns. I offer as example Oulipian mathematician Claude Berge's Principles of Combinatorics (1971, originally, Principes de Combinatoire), in the English edition with a helpful introduction by Gian-Carlo Rota. Berge (who was also Chaire de Calcul des Probabilités et Physique Mathématique, Université de Paris) explains with marvellous clarity why we should be interested -- as indeed I now am -- before diving into the mathematics that he so passionately loved. Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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