September 10, 2010
By Bobby Neal Winters
Anthony Esolen has written an excellent article for the Touchstone blog about numbers and the mysteries to be encountered therein. Dr. Esolen is a mathematical amateur in the original sense of the word: someone who pursues an activity out of love, not because it is his profession.
I am a professional, and I note that he perceives mysteries that have slipped past many of my colleagues. Numbers are not the straight-forward things they appear. What we teach to preschoolers, what we chide eight-graders for not understanding, contain puzzles as deep as any met by the doctors of the church. the rest image by Thomas Beck
...A baby human is not a fraction of a human, and neither is a handicapped human. We are whole entities than cannot be divided. That is our sacred arithmetic.