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  •  Wonderful comment, P Carey! (5+ / 0-)
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    "Intellectual rigor" of the kind you've described is a mind-bending experience.  You're lucky to have the disciplined nature that permits you to undertake and follow through with such a project.  Congratulations on reading PM and Tractatus!

    In my father's library there was a memoir--a contemporary one--written by a man who lived in New York. Too poor to afford college but possessed of an eager, questing mind, he resolved to get his own college education by reading.  He read on public transportation going to and from his job in New York City.  He read during his lunch break and in the evenings. No subject was excluded from his quest for knowledge.

    I remember a line from this book:  "When I read Lancelot Hogben's Mathematics for the Million, I knew the great hour of my life had struck."

    It has always pleased me to think of that dear man being dazzled by mathematics.  It seems that you've had this experience too.  

    Thanks for coming by--good to see you, as always!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:10:26 AM PST

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