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Euclid in the Rainforest

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math by Joseph Mazur:

Joseph Mazur's Euclid in the Rainforest from Plume

 

This book is ideal for a smart, but mathematically-untrained adult who wants orientation to some interesting and useful mathematical concepts, as well as a portal to mathematical epistemology. A little high school algebra and geometry, even if it’s fairly dusty, is plenty of background to appreciate the explanations here. Author Mazur builds his discussions of deduction, induction, probability, and plausibility into a series of autobiographical and historical anecdotes, within sections titled “Logic,” “Infinity,” and “Reality.” I really appreciated his explanation of transfinite numbers, a modern math concept that has always eluded me. The book has an apparatus with useful directions for further reading.

Some of the little stories in the book were ones I found difficult to credit, but perhaps that was a savvy way of giving the reader a motive to further ponder the notion of plausibility! [via]

 

 

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Spiritual Friendship

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx:

 

This text embodies the high point of the valuation of friendship in Christian monastic discourse. “Particular friendship” had been considered dangerous to cenobitic communities because of the hazards of faction and favoritism.

Aelred wrote as a response to and revision of Cicero’s De amicitia, modifying the teachings in light of Christian doctrine and substituting Biblical stories for classical anecdotes. [via]

 

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Soul’s Code

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman:

James Hillman's The Soul's Code from Grand Central Publishing

 

Hillman is a Jungian psychologist, and this volume is a secularized treatment of the attainment of daimonic inspiration, written for a popular audience. Most of the book treats its topic through extensive biographical anecdotes, and the conclusion foregrounds a phallic symbolism of creativity and destiny. Recommended to Thelemites. [via]

 

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.