Wednesday, September 11, 2013

As far as it goes - I


As far as it goes - I

Feynman, the physicist, married thrice. His persona and fresh approach towards many a realms are omnipresent in his books and lectures; and even after thirteen years and so, ever since I bought his Lectures on Physics, I still refer to them. His second marriage - seven years after his first wife died - with Mary Louise Bel was brief and unsuccessful, and when I was going through Wikipedia on Feynman, I stumbled upon following lines: 

He begins working calculus problems in his head as soon as he awakens. He did calculus while driving in his car, while sitting in the living room, and while lying in bed at night.
    —Mary Louise Bell divorce complaint[46]
I never thought he can be so boring to someone, for he was so exuberant, full of life, and so much indomitable spirit he was. Glare at some of his quotations , which are quite humorous : “Physics isn't the most important thing. Love is.” and “Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.”  I am not sure of chemistry between Feynman and Bell, but probably people who are deeply interested in Physics, Mathematics, Programming or Philosophy are caricatured as dry and abstruse. As if they have to own stigma, Stigma of not being part of mainland society.

Feynman playing Bonjos

Tanya Khovanova's Math blog is over here. A series of posts involving Mathematics interspersed with posts containing personal memoirs, reflects life of Woman Mathematician.  One of her lines in her blog post[Gelfand’s Memorial] is as below:
My relationship with Gelfand was complicated: sometimes it was very painful and sometimes it was very rewarding. I was planning to attend the memorial to help me forget the pain and to acknowledge the good parts.

I believe that my relationship with Gelfand was utterly unique. You see, I was married three times, and all three times to students of Gelfand.

Even if you are very remote to Mathematics, even then you can go through some of very interesting posts in her blog.

  And so it goes


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