A Menagerie (Conjunctions, Book 61) by Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow

By Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow

Conjunctions: sixty one, A Menagerie gathers essays, fiction, and poetry that think the area of our fellow beings, animals. Cultural mythologies and pantheons are populated with snakes, monkeys, cats, jackals, whales: a forged of characters whose tales show how complicated and wildly contradictory our species' courting with different animals is. They're buddies, enemies, instruments, nutrition. Descartes deliberated approximately no matter if animals have souls, identifying they didn't. Linnaeus cataloged them. Darwin attached us to them. Wild or tame, sinless or soulless, the animal is a chimera of moving identities, either mundane and mysterious. that includes interviews with William S. Burroughs and Temple Grandin, essays via animal experimenters Vint Virga and Dale Peterson, fiction via Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates, and paintings via many others, this selection of creative new writing deals uncaged entry to the lives of the nonhuman creatures that encompass us.

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Far from it. A mathematician discovers ideas intuitively—like anyone else. He or she will just “see” or “sense” that something is true. This will be based on experience and insight developed over many years. Then the mathematician will have to think about why this new “fact” is true. At first, the sketch of the idea of a proof may be jotted down. Over a long period of time, additional ideas will be generated and pieces of the proof will be assembled. In the end, all the details will be filled in and a bona fide, rigorous proof, following the strict linear dictates of logic, will be the result.

The journal encourages speculation, and the presentation of partial or incomplete results. It publishes, for the most part, papers that other traditional mathematics journals will not consider. It has taken a bold step in acknowledging a part of the mathematical process that has never been formally accepted. And in doing so it has made a substantial and lasting contribution to our literature. Experimental Mathematics is published by A K Peters. Klaus and Alice Peters both have mathematics pedigrees; they have shown insight into the process of disseminating mathematical ideas.

In fact, in the past fifteen years the majority of mathematical work has been done collaboratively. Now the lone worker is the exception. What is the reason for this change? First, the symbiosis between the pure and the applied worlds has necessitated that people talk to each other. This author works on research projects with plastic surgeons. They do not have any expertise in mathematics and I do not have any expertise in plastic surgery. So collaboration is necessary. My colleagues who work with chemical engineers or with physicists must share skills and resources in the same way and for the same reason.

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