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A Deceptively Similar Mind single work   poetry   "An eye, a camera, binoculars, an easel, an equation?"
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  • Epigraph:

    When I seek, I look, look, look …. – Benoit Mandelbroit.

    The Mandebrot set is not an invention of the human mind: it was a discovery. Like Mount Everest, the Mandelbrot set was just there. – Sir Roger Penrose.

    C’est l’infini dans le fini – Baudelaire.

    I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of science and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition. In science you want to say something that nobody knew before, in words which everyone can understand. In poetry you are bound to say…. something that everyone knows already in words that nobody can understand. – Paul M Dirac.2

    … the impassioned expression which is in the countenance of all science …. – Wordsworth, of poetry.

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    y separately published work icon Cordite Poetry Review Mathematics vol. 83 November 2017 12169361 2017 periodical issue

    'I was already quite a few years into a creative writing PhD titled ‘Generic Engineering’ and flailing around quite spectacularly in a galaxy of words when an academic friend, perhaps hoping to spare me the indignity of a completed thesis and potential employment, flipped to the middle of the 526-page book he was reading. Wordlessly, pointed to a single sentence. ‘Due to a predilection whose origin I will leave it up to the reader to determine,’ it read, ‘I will choose the symbol ♀ for this inscription.’ The symbol had been summoned to designate what the writer called ‘generic multiple’. The generic, the writer noted, is ‘the adjective retained by mathematicians to designate the indiscernible, the absolutely indeterminate’. Another PhD student who was in the room sniggered, disparagingly, I thought, as if dubious that I could be capable of understanding what had been read aloud. In retrospect it was more likely a beleaguered exhalation, a stockpile for the future, of sympathy and despair.' (Editorial)

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