Why Mathematics Is Different
Jay Daigle | Jay's Blog | 2nd February 2022
Why doesn't mathematics have a "replication crisis"? Mainly because maths papers are being "replicated" all the time, whenever another mathematician reads the paper and understands the math (or not). Maths papers are full of mistakes, but rarely mistakes that invalidate the conclusions. "We can be right for the wrong reasons — we mostly only try to prove things that are basically true" (4,060 words)
James Joyce's Ulysses Reviewed
Sisley Huddleston | Observer | 5th March 1922
The publication of Ulysses 100 years ago signalled the birth of modernism in literature. Here is how it was received at the time: "Blasphemy and beauty, poetry and piggishness jostle each other. But one becomes tired of beastliness always breaking in. There is one chapter devoted to the reverie of a woman, and her monologue intérieur is, I imagine, the vilest in all literature" (1,540 words)
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