7384Re: Tolkien and technology
- Jan 3, 2003On Thu, 2 Jan 2003 21:29:56 -0000 "David F. Porteous"
<dporteous@...> wrote in part:
>Elves, as is the case with many of the peoples of ourA quibble, if you'll allow: Industrialization and mechanics does not
>earth, have a spiritual understanding of their world and that this
>understanding does not derive through equations and formulae.
go, necessarily or not, hand in hand with superior mathematics.
Indeed, it is pretty much independent of it. Much of the gnostic
tendency in early European science and, before that, in southeastern
European religion was a combination of mathematics, mysticism, and
Manicheanism. Having been grounded in much of it, I can't imagine
anything closer to the spiritual than a view of our world based upon
quantum mechanics, although many of the purely rationalist opinion
would disagree with me on that.
Recall the toast of the Oxford Mathematics Society:
To Mathematics! May She be of no damn use to anybody!
Indeed, to people familiar with it, the astounding thing about
mathematics is that it is as useful as it is.
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