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Truth Values

November 8, 2011

Just two quick things today.

First, I’m going to see Truth Values: One girl’s romp through M.I.T.’s male math maze this Saturday, with a couple of buddies of mine. It’s been recommended to me by a bunch of my math friends, and tickets are available here. It’s slightly scary how much I anticipate I have in common with the writer and performer Gioio De Cari. Also I think I may have taught a class in the classroom of this picture, maybe even with this haircut:

Second, I wanted to share a poem with you, written by Mary Oliver:

We will be known as a culture that feared death
and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity
for the few and cared little for the penury of the
many. We will be known as a culture that taught
and rewarded the amassing of things, that spoke
little if at all about the quality of life for
people (other people), for dogs, for rivers. All
the world, in our eyes, they will say, was a
commodity. And they will say that this structure
was held together politically, which it was, and
they will say also that our politics was no more
than an apparatus to accommodate the feelings of
the heart, and that the heart, in those days,
was small, and hard, and full of meanness.

Categories: rant, women in math
  1. Bertie
    November 9, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Thanks for posting that poem


  1. December 9, 2011 at 6:55 am
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