A tanka written by Lee Sonogan
The trouble with integers is that we have examined only the very small ones. Maybe all the exciting stuff happens at really big numbers, ones we can’t even begin to think about in any very definite way. Our brains have evolved to get us out of the rain, find where the berries are, and keep us from getting killed. Our brains did not evolve to help us grasp really large numbers or to look at things in a hundred thousand dimensions. – Ronald Graham
Vanadium shear synth,
Besinc sombrero jinc root,
Propagate half nth,
Colinear final transmute,
Speed of light peak in perianth.
When I see equations, I see the letters in colors – I don’t know why. As I’m talking, I see vague pictures of Bessel functions from Jahnke and Ernde’s book, with light-tan j’s, slightly violet-bluish n’s, and dark brown x’s flying around. And I wonder what the hell it must look like to the students. – Richard Feynman, What Do You Care What Other People Think? (1988)