Friday, November 19, 2021

Euclid Unbound

Geometric shapes are philosophies.A circle suggests a view of the world and a way of being. Take Vico’s circularity for instance. What goes around comes around. History repeats itself a la Santayana. Sententious people are described as being hyperbolic. Stiffs are squares unless they’re corpses who have relinquished their corporeal essence. What's the sensibility of the parabola? Equanimity or just a blip or blimp separating thoughts.There are paragons of virtue. Triangulation is Oedipal. If you’re involved in a threesome you’re undoubtedly acting out your part in a childhood fantasy. And yes a line is the shortest distance between two points. And this about the humble point from Benjamin Labatut's When We Cease to Understand the World. Commenting on the great mathematician Alexander Grothendieck, the author remarks: "Space was his lifelong obsession. One of his greatest strokes of genius was expanding the notion of the point. Beneath his gaze, the humble dot was no longer a dimensionless position; it swelled with a complex inner structure. Where others had seen a simple locus without depth, size or breadth, Grothendieck saw an entire universe. No one had proposed something so bold since Euclid."

Read "Timebound" by Francis Levy,

and listen to "You've Got Me Going in Circles" (1969) by The Friends of Distinction

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