Thursday, March 18, 2004

Reading various conservative responses to the gay marriage question, I am reminded of what Giralamo Cardano, a 16th century mathematician, wrote about why it is unwise to try to solve quartic polynomial equations:

As the first power refers to a line, the square to a surface, and the cube to a solid body, it would be very foolish of us to go beyond this point. Nature does not permit it...


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