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"Do not all charms fly
At the mere touch of cold philosophy?
There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: We know her woof, her texture; she is given
In the dull catalogue of common things.
Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air, and gnomèd mine -
Unweave a rainbow...."

John Keats, Lamia


Updated September 24,2014

The full text of a series of essays
Introduction to Quantum Theory for the Public
has been placed on Ferment Magazine, and can be accessed at:

Quantum Theory for the Public(docx)

(1)New!! April 12,2014

The First Cartoon Lecture
Discourse on Scientific Method, Part I

Discourse (Power Point)

(2)A new paper entitled "On Containers" has been placed on Ferment Magazine:

This preliminary version of "On Containers" derives from the on-going quest to clarify the ontology of the objects of modern physics. It shows that the "set" concept is inadequate, and replaces it by a more flexible concept, the "container":

On Containers(docx)
On Containers(doc)
On Containers(pdf)

(3) The translation of the first section of Alexandre Grothendieck's "Récoltes et Semailles" has been returned to Ferment Magazine. Go to:

Harvests and Sowings

A review of "Road to Reality", by Roger Penrose. The review of Penrose's treatise that had been on Ferment Magazine since 2006, has been replaced by the text of the version in the Mathematics Intelligencer, Summer2006, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p61. This version is more complete and better edited, and owes much to the editorial guidance of Osmo Pekonen.

pdf version
docx version

Voltaire, Maupertuis and Emile de Chatelet

The controversies over the 3 systems of the world, (Leibniz, Descartes, Newton) in the first part of the 18th century.

Vive La Différence(2)(pdf)

3 Articles on Alexandr Yesenin-Volpin: logician, meta-mathematician, political exile, architect of the Russian Civil Rights Movement of the 1970's

A. Y. Volpin 1
(doc Version)
(pdf Version)

A.Y.Volpin 2
(doc version)
(pdf Version)

A.Y. Volpin 3
(doc version)
(pdf Version)

Report on the
Einstein Centennial Symposium
Institute for Advanced Study
March 1979

Hysteria and Enlightenment

Music and Medicine in late 18th century Vienna
Mesmer, Mozart, and Marie-Therese von Paradis

Six papers have been deposited with the Philosophy of Science Archive
at the University of Pittsburgh.

  1. Time, Euclidean Geometry and Relativity: Topology and Space-Time

  2. Weakly Infinite Cardinals: A Back-Extension of the Hierarchy of Transfinite Numbers

  3. Barrier Theory: Finitism and Intuitionism in Physics

  4. On Algebraic Causation:Giving Mathematical Expression to Philosophical Viewpoints

  5. On Counter-Intuitive Science

  6. Temporal Topology

Autumn Leaves, Reflections and Speculations

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