Tag Archives: Books

Pun Of The Weak: Book Borrowers

Please return this book. I find that though many of my friends are poor mathematicians, they are nearly all good bookkeepers. — Walter Scott, written in a bookplate in one of his books  

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Gleanings From The Past #27

Life’s Mystery Being at my seat near the village of Meudon, and overlooking a quarry-man, whom I had set to break some very large and hard stones, in the middle of one we found a huge live toad, though there … Continue reading

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Lost In Translation: From English To Russian To English Once More

S. Bochner and W. T. Martin’s book Functions of Several Complex Variables, published in 1936, dealt with the functional theory of n dimensions. At the time, this book was practically the only reference available to those who wished to study the subject. A … Continue reading

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Quotable #27: Reading & Perusing

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. — Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia, 1845

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Strange Addresses And The Ingenuity Of Postmen

My previous post titled An Ingenious Postman told an anecdote of a resourceful postman who was able to deliver a letter despite the ambiguity of the address. This post includes several more instances in which a postman was able to successfully deliver … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #19

European Cultivation To the ancient Persians, Europe is indebted for almost all the fruits she possesses. What more certain proof of civilization and antiquity, than the culture of the products of the earth? Virgil, and other ancient writers, inform us … Continue reading

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Don Quixote Mistook A Flock Of Sheep For An Army (With Some Parallels)

In Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote Book 1 (1605), Don Quixote mistook a flock of sheep for an army: “Senor, devil take it if there’s a sign of any man you talk of, knight or giant, in the whole thing; maybe it’s … Continue reading

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