Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Quotes from Zeno's Paradox, by Mazur

Here are a few excerpts from Zeno's Paradox. I don't know what they all mean, but they sound pretty cool:

Parmenides felt that we only perceive change through reason.

A notion of next point is meaningless in the geometry of the real- (or even the rational-) number line... What is the next number after pi?

...the apparently smooth flow of time. But we must regard that smoothness as an assumption rather than the truth.

Intuition is fine for those with good intuition.

The eighteen months Newton spent in isolation at the end of London's Great Plague were the richest months of his creative imagination.

In 1905, he [Einstein] still did not have a PhD, but he published three papers that rocked the foundations of Newtonian science.

[Einstein] wrote about the table in his room, suggesting that it was "merely a complex of sensation" to which he assigns a concept and name: "...one is in danger of being mislead by the illusion that the 'real' of our daily experience 'exists really.'"

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