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In Context #39 (Spring, 2018)
Feature ArticlesA Physicist, a Philologist, and the Meaning of Life: Do We Have a Home in the Vast Cosmos?
by Stephen L. Talbott
We often hear about the insignificance of earth — and, along with it, the meaninglessness of human life — in relation to an unthinkably vast and indifferent (if not downright alien) universe. It’s a powerful and far from inspiring story. Should we take it seriously?
Notes and ReviewsForm and Forming
by Henrike Holdrege
A few simple imagination exercises can remind us of the existence of ideal forms, such as that of a triangle or circle, as Henrike shows here. These exercises lead into the inner space in which all mathematics happens — but only if one does them.
by Craig Holdrege
Sometimes nature seems less interested in strict consistency than in improvisation, variety, and, we might almost say, “playfulness”. This was a lesson recently reinforced for Craig by his investigation of the flowers of Hepatica Americana.
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