The comments on this post have taken a technical turn. I will eventually have to consult a local homotopy theorist to figure out what’s going on. In the meantime, I need to think about what I’m going to say at tomorrow’s event at the venerable bookstore that has reportedly become an obligatory stop for Russian and Chinese tour groups in Paris. Readers in Paris can find out without waiting for my report.

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A.G.When does the event end? Thanks!

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mathematicswithoutapologiesPost authorIt’ supposed to last an hour, with a reception afterwards.

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John SidlesReaders of

Mathematics Without Apologiesmay enjoy this passage from the early Enlightenment grammarian Dumarsais (1676-1756), as quoted by Michel Foucault in Foucault’s early workRaymond Roussel(1963):Nowadays even down-to-earth mathematicians like Terry Tao are mindful of

the role of synecdochein helping to extract “mathematical wealth from axiomatic poverty” (as Dumarsais might put it).At the close of the 21st century, will mathematicians still be creating literature in the enlightened sense of Dumarsais (as appreciated by Foucault)? Or could/should/will computer assistants purge mathematical writing of catachresis, metonymy, metalepsis, synecdoche (

etc.)? Perhaps that’s the sort of question that (as it seems to me) deserves to be discussed at wonderful establishments likeShakespeare and Company.LikeLike