A Humanist Apologizes to Numbers – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Fun read by a creative writing professor about his relationship to numbers. I think the recent institutional separation of arts and sciences causes us to forget the historical relationship between the two. The original seven liberal arts consisted of three studies of language and ideas, the trivium — grammar, rhetoric, and dialectic — while the other four focused on either theoretical or applied math in the forms of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. It never was about either developing language or math skills. Each one helps you understand the other. Intensive study of grammar and poetics, at some point, makes you feel like you’re studying algebra:

A Humanist Apologizes to Numbers – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

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