"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Reply to John Dee-ism


An oligarchic empire via control of the seas through accurate navigation, algebra as numerological magic, crystal balls to speak to angels…The spymaster Dee who signed with the magic number 007 was quite a new Merlin for Elizabeth!
But in my book, he was certainly outdone by the hero of this (The Rennaisance Mathematicus) blog: Sir Isaac Newton. Why, Newton’s startling forecast of the end of the world in 2060 from esoteric Biblical numerology certainly shows that he did indeed believe as Leibniz properly charged that Newton’s God was just a clock winder in the end.

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